The Importance of Obtaining a Police Report After an Accident

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After a car accident, one of the things on your mind is seeking compensation for the injuries you got because of a negligent driver. A police accident report is one of the most important documents you need when filing for a claim in order to get compensation. Make sure you immediately call the police after the accident so that you will be able to have the document when needed. When they arrive at the scene, they are going to start investigating the accident. The police will start talking to those involved to try and find as much information as possible relating to the accident. They will also speak to any witnesses present and take their statements.

There are many things officers do when they are at the scene of the accident. One thing they’ll do is take videos and photos of the cars or properties damaged as a result of the accident. This information is what is filed in the police report. You need to ask for a copy of the report so you can go through it. You have seven days after the accident to do this. You may need to pay a small amount to get the report, but you can expect it to costs not more than $10.

Will a Norfolk Auto Accident Attorney Need a Copy of the Police Report?

As stated above, it is important to have a police report when filing for compensation. You reduce your chances of getting the compensation you deserve if you don’t have one. When you go for the first consultation with a Norfolk auto accident attorney, you are going to be asked for the report. If you have not gotten it, the lawyer can help you get it. This report has all the information about the accident that your lawyer is going to need. Some of the details captured in the police report include:

  • The people involved in the accident
  • How the accident happened
  • Damages as a result of the accident
  • The at-fault party

The police report is going to include a lot more information. It is usually four or five pages long.

What Will Your Lawyer Be Looking for in an Accident Report?

There is a lot of information that a car accident attorney will get from the police accident report. Some of them include:

Names and details of witnesses.

Witnesses are very important for a car accident case because they can help determine who is at fault. The police report contains the names and contact details of witnesses. This is going to be important if they need to testify in court. It also contains the name of the officer who investigated the accident. The officers can also come and testify in the courtroom as witness testimony.

The name of the driver at fault.

The police are going to investigate and can determine the party at fault. They will state whether the driver was drunk driving or texting while driving. The report can also include any traffic violations by the at-fault driver. The lawyer will be interested to know whether you were to blame for the accident. If you were partly to blame, it affects how much you can get as compensation.

Insurance details of the at-fault driver.

This information is important for your lawyer because he/she needs it to engage with the insurance company. There are some instances where an insurance adjuster contacts you after the accident. It is not a good idea to talk to them until you speak to your lawyer. You may be tempted to think they care about you, but they are not there to protect your interests. They want you to say something that they can use to deny your claim.

There are cases where the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance. In such a situation, the accident attorney is going to get compensation from your insurer. You will get compensated for injuries and property damage.

Getting in Touch With a Norfolk Auto Accident Attorney

You might not remember what exactly happened after being involved in a car accident. A police report will be very important because it offers key insights into the accident, which you are going to need when making a claim. The CAIL law firm will use the police report to help get you the compensation you deserve. As soon as you are treated for the injuries sustained, talk to us. The sooner you start, the faster you can expect to get your compensation. There’s no need to worry about money because we don’t charge you anything until you get a settlement. If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, call our personal injury law firm in Norfolk today.