Getting a Police Report after an Accident

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. 

Collecting Physical Evidence for a Claim

When you are involved in an accident, it is important to collect evidence if you plan to file a claim. It is best to do this immediately after the incident because the scene could otherwise become altered, evidence misplaced over time, and memories often become unreliable. Evidence you may need is listed below.

What to Keep

Try to preserve any physical items you have, including important documents, broken equipment, and torn clothing. For instance, if you are in a car accident, you need to immediately try to take photos of the scene, property damage, and your personal injuries. Make copies of any medical records after the accident also, and repair records for property and the police report if one is made.

If your injury is caused by a faulty product, keep the item preserved in the condition it was when the accident happened. For medical malpractice, have copies of any medical records that relate to the medical treatments. Having a second opinion from a different health provider is also a good idea.

Photos are always an important part of preserving physical evidence. Most cell phones come with a camera, so use that is possible to photograph the area where the incident happened. Keep the photographs detailed and clear, and take them from many different angles.

Conclusion

Many times, once an incident is happen, it can be hard to take the time to do the above things. Remember, though, that taking these actions can be beneficial if you want to make a claim for your injuries.Once you have the evidence in hand, a personal injury lawyer can help you get started by analyzing the evidence you gathered and determining if you have a legitimate claim in the first place. We at Vehar Law are only a phone call away. Give us a call today for a free case evaluation.