If you have been part of an accident where a law enforcement officer responded, such as a motor vehicle accident, it’s likely a police report was generated. If so, you are entitled to a copy of the report. To do so, it is best to get the copy shortly after the incident.
Many times, you will need to pay a small fee to get a copy of the report. You may also be required to pick up the report in person, though some law enforcement agencies will mail you a copy for free.
Typically, a police report is inadmissible in proceedings in a civil court, but they can help negotiate leverage in a dispute involving a personal injury. These reports often give an advantage to a person when they are speaking with an insurance carrier or the opposing counsel in an informal settlement discussion. This report can also help provide information such as the circumstances surrounding the incident such as the weather conditions, specific location, date, and time of the incident. The police will also record their preliminary assessment of fault and if a driver was violating a state vehicle code or was simply careless.
A police report will often list witnesses to the incident. This is a great way to help find others that can collaborate a story when needed in court. Another witnesses point of view is often necessary to legitimize a claim in court. Generally, the police report will have the name and contact phone number of the witnesses, making it easy for you to contact them.
If you have trouble obtaining a police report after an accident, contact your lawyer at Vehar Law. We can help you get the information you need to file your claim and will stand by you as you work towards getting compensated for your injuries.