How Can a Police Report Assist in Your Personal Injury Claim?
Posted on December 24, 2018
After you have been involved in an accident with another party, you might be feeling lost when it comes to moving forward with your claim. Perhaps you know that you didn’t cause your accident but you feel as if the issue of liability might be something that makes or breaks your case. Perhaps you were struck by a vehicle from behind because the driver behind you was following you too closely. Now, the other party is claiming that you slammed on your brakes and didn’t have your turn signal on at the time. In these cases, there is one piece of evidence that can play a crucial role in your claim: the police report.
A police report is generated by the officer who arrives at the scene of your accident so that they can assist you in the midst of the accident. The summary of the report will show information specifically related to the accident and the opinions of the officer. Notice we say opinions, because the officer might not have witnessed the accident so they have to use their best judgment when it comes to your case and who is liable for the accident.
Facts Listed Within the Police Report
Various types of information will be found inside the police report. The investigating officer tends to be very thorough when it comes to their investigation so that they can pull as many facts from the scene as possible. The police report will contain much of the following information:
- Time and date of the collision
- Identifying information from all parties involved in the accident.
- Identifying information about any witnesses who saw the accident occur
- The weather at the time of the accident
- Diagram of the accident
- Statements from the parties and witnesses involved
- Fault determination
Though many of these aspects will play an integral role in your case, the determination of fault remains one of the most important due to the fact that it will help the insurance companies determine who is liable so that you can determine whether or not you are going to receive compensation for your injuries.
How Police Can Help
The police officer’s position on your accident can be extremely helpful when it comes to holding another person liable for your injuries. Many people believe that, following an accident, they can handle the accident on their own. However, when many damages or serious injuries are prevalent, you must always report an accident so that you have a neutral party there to investigate the scene. Police officers can play a helpful role in any accidents that involve injuries or fatalities, accidents that block traffic, intoxicated drivers, or participants who are fighting with one another. You don’t want to go without an officer’s helpful position on your case.
At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we believe that your rights should be protected from the very beginning of your accident and that collection of evidence will be one of the most helpful aspects when it comes to receiving compensation you deserve. Our attorneys have helped many clients receive the compensation they deserve during a difficult and life-changing event like a personal injury accident. If you have been injured and you are unsure of where to turn, we want you to know that we are here for you to protect your rights every step of the way. Contact us for more information today at 304-431-4050.
Note: This post was created with the help of secondary sources operating independently from Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner Law Firm. The information used from these sources has not been independently confirmed by our staff. If anything included in these posts is incorrect, please inform us and we will promptly correct the post.
Disclaimer: Our intent with these posts is to honor the victims of these terrible accidents and inform the public about how to avoid these accidents and what to do in the event of one. This information should not be considered legal or medical advice.