Contacting Law Enforcement
After being involved in a seemingly minor car accident, you may wonder if you should contact the police. The other driver may try to persuade you to avoid making the call if they’re at fault. Even if your accident wasn’t severe, it’s in your best interest to file a police report. Here’s what you can expect when filing a post-collision police report and how to get legal help after being involved in a car crash someone else caused.
Why Is a Police Report Important After an Accident?
Filing a police report after being involved in a car accident is critical if you wish to pursue a lawsuit later down the road. You don’t have to sue the other driver if you file a police report, however, if you don’t file the report, you will likely have a weaker case should you decide to bring forward a lawsuit. In cases of hit and run accidents and filing a claim against an uninsured driver, having a police report is required.
What Your Police Report Will Contain
A police report contains information about the scene of the accident, the officer’s observations, and more. You’ll likely see the following on your report:
- Time, date, and location of the collision
- Contact information for both drivers involved
- Contact information for any witnesses who may have seen the accident
- Description of all vehicles involved
- Description of the weather at the time of the accident
- Description of what happened before, during, and after the collision
How to File a Police Report After a Collision
When you call the police following an accident, a police report will automatically be filed on your behalf, however, this may take several weeks to complete. You can also visit the police station in person to speak with a law enforcement officer about the accident and file the report if you neglected to call the police at the scene. Don’t wait to file a report — if you do, it could hurt your lawsuit later on.
Should You Contact a California Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or a family member have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, don’t wait to contact the police and then, a personal injury attorney. Your lawyer can help you navigate the complex process of obtaining compensation for damages you incurred as a result of the accident. Call Zink & Lenzi injury lawyers today for a consultation at 530-895-1234.