Having a police report available to you after a car accident is a good thing. Your own insurance company can use it, and you can make use of it yourself if you decide to sue for compensation. If you got injured in this car accident and you believe that another driver was to blame, then you may want to sue for compensation. Our distracted driving accidents lawyers can use that police report and other evidence to build your case.
Does a Police Report Need to Be Filled Out After an Accident?
You have probably heard that you should call a cop to a car accident scene, but is that really necessary? It actually is in most cases. If anyone was injured in an accident, someone is legally required to call the cops and have them come out to the accident scene. The cops will talk to everyone involved and evaluate the accident scene. Then they can fill out a report, copies of which can be sent to your insurance company and lawyer.
Will the Police Report Blame a Driver for the Accident?
Generally, the cops will not jump to conclusions and blame one driver in a police report. Unless one driver is intoxicated or another admits to fault, the report will rarely definitively take a side. The information contained within a report can still be useful though.
How Can a Police Report Help Me With a Personal Injury Case?
The police report can contain information from eyewitnesses who could strengthen your personal injury case. It can also contain information about the accident scene, like whether there was a hazard in the road or weather conditions that may have contributed to your accident.
The info in a report can make it easier to reconstruct the accident scene and potentially assign blame. This is why personal injury attorneys sometimes work with experts who can recreate accident scenes. Such an expert witness may be able to help you with your case.
What Can an Attorney Do to Assist Me?
Personal injury attorneys can do more than gather evidence and find useful witnesses. A lawyer from our firm can help you fight for the best outcome in your case at every step of the way. Your attorney can:
- Field settlement offers
- Calculate fair compensation
- Handle any communications with insurance companies or attorneys on your behalf
- Defend you from accusations of wrongdoing
- Build a case that can succeed in court, if necessary
- Answer any questions that you have
- Remind you of important dates and deadlines
How Long Do I Have to Sue After an Accident?
You have three years to sue for damages after an accident, but we recommend starting the legal process as soon as you can. The sooner you start the process, the easier it can be to gather evidence and the sooner you can secure the compensation that you deserve.
Talk to a Lawyer Today
When you are ready to move forward with a personal injury suit, contact Zlotolow & Associates, P.C. and schedule a consultation. This initial consultation is free. We just want you to know more about your legal options and what an attorney can do to assist you.