The accidents that you have to report are those that involve any damages whatsoever. It is essential to report a car accident in order to recover any damages. The police report is invaluable in determining fault, in facilitating claims with the insurers, providing correct documentation of the crash, etc. It is recommended that to file a report even if the law does not expressly require it.
Reporting an automobile accident is a critical aspect because the police will have the chance to document what happened to write a proper report carefully.
This document is imperative because it brings to court valuable evidence of any personal injury that occurred and contains relevant and very well documented information about the damage and the liability.
The police report can provide useful information for your car insurance company, and it can help protect you in the event of an accident-related lawsuit.
Even if the law does not require it, it is wise to file a police report even if the accident seems minor.
A police report helps you in a number of ways:
It is important for you to gather essential information at the accident scene (take notes and photos). Here are some of the essential information you should include in the report:
Remember to take photos of the scene, your vehicle, and your injuries. Here a few details you should include in your photos:
If the police do not come to the accident scene, you can go to the police department to file your report. You can do it online or at the police station, or file the report with the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicle).
It is important to know that, the more documentation you are able to provide, the more evidence to support your claim can be made available. When you file a car accident claim you need to consider the following:
At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we benefit from a vast experience in dealing with complex car accidents and we investigate every piece of evidence with the utmost precision. Our principal attorney Sean M. Cleary can advise and assist you through the entire legal process. Do not hesitate to contact us for a free case evaluation.