Filing a Police Report After a Car AccidentNovember 27, 2019
From minor fender benders to severe, multi-vehicle collisions, car accidents can be extremely stressful, particularly when there are serious injuries involved. The aftermath of an accident can be very confusing in terms of knowing what steps to take and how to fill out a police report. The more you know about the process ahead of time, the easier it will be if you are ever in a car accident. A police report is necessary if you plan to file a claim with your insurance company. The following is a guide to the steps you will need to take to fill out and obtain a copy of a police report.
Police reports are important for several reasons. First, they enable the police department to track traffic accidents. While each state has a specific template of information included in their police reports, the following information is included on most, if not all, police reports:
- Time and location of the accident
- Contact information, as well as insurance information for the drivers involved
- A description of how the accident occurred
- Weather conditions at the time of the accident
- Photos of the accident scene
- Statements from witnesses
- Estimate of damages
- Details about any injuries
Why are Police Reports Important?
The most important reason to obtain a police report is for insurance purposes. It provides proof that the accident occurred. Without a police report, your claim may be denied. Police departments also use the information provided in police reports to study traffic-related trends so that they can make the roads safer for motorists. Accident reports are public records, so news outlets can use the information to keep the public informed about accidents, injuries, and increased traffic.
Ideally, police reports are filled out at the scene of the accident by the police officer who responded to the call. Once the officer has determined whether there are any serious injuries that require immediate medical attention, they will begin to collect the necessary information about the accident, including damage to the vehicles, markings on the road, testimonies from the drivers involved, and witnesses who may have seen the accident occur. The police officer will file the report, and you may obtain a copy of the official report by visiting the police department.
Under certain circumstances, an officer may not be called to the scene of an accident. For example, if your vehicle was hit by another car while parked in a lot, you may not realize that you were hit until you arrive home and see the damage. As soon as you become aware that an accident occurred, you must file an accident report. Contact the police department and provide the dispatcher with the details of the accident. The dispatcher will send a police officer to your home, or request that you come to the police department.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Assist Clients Throughout the Entire Claims Process
If you were involved in a car accident, it is important that you secure a copy of the police report. The Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will ensure that you have the proper documentation, including the police report. If the other driver was at-fault, this will provide proof that the insurance company needs. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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