The Importance of the Police Report in a Car Accident Case

The Importance of the Police Report in a Car Accident Case
Las Vegas Auto Accident

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If you have been involved in a car accident, you will want the at-fault driver to provide compensation for your injuries sustained in the accident. To do this, you will need to obtain a police report as this document is essential to building the case.

The first step to obtaining this vital document is to call the police to the scene of the accident. The officers arriving at the accident scene will begin investigating the event that led up to the accident. They will interview you and the other driver(s) involved in the accident to find out exactly what has happened. If there are witnesses at the location, the police will speak to them as well and record their statements.

They will also perform some other important tasks that will help them compile an official police report of the incident. Some of these actions will include taking pictures of the cars themselves, the damages incurred as well as any other property damage. This report will be completed within 7 days, and the police report will be made available to you shortly thereafter. You can then head down to the law enforcement agency that responded to the crash and obtain the report. Alternatively, this report will be made available online at www.BuyCrash.com. You will typically be charged a fee of $4 to $10 for a copy of the document.

Why Does My Las Vegas Auto Accident Lawyer Need the Police Report?

As mentioned, a valid copy of the police report is an essential component of the claim you will make against the at-fault parties and their insurance providers. Your car accident lawyer will go over this report with you step-by-step in your initial consultation. If you haven’t obtained a copy of the report at this time, your lawyer will be able to obtain the report for you. Your lawyer will discover all the important details concerning your accident in this report, including:

  • What caused the accident
  • Who was at fault
  • Who was involved in the accident
  • What damages were caused by the accident

Police reports are typically 4 to 5 pages long and contain important information about what happened during the accident.

What Information Will Be the Most Valuable?

There’s a lot of information in the report, but some is more valuable to your case and of greater interest to your lawyer, including:

Names of all witnesses

If settlement negotiations fail and your case is taken to court, these witnesses will be essential to proving exactly what happened in the accident. These witnesses will also play a crucial role in establishing who was at fault and proving that you were not to blame for the injuries and damages incurred in the accident. 

The police report will include the names and contact information of these important witnesses. You will also find the names and numbers of the law enforcement officers who arrived at the scene of the accident. If necessary, these officers will be called in to provide testimony supporting the testimony of the witnesses.  

Name of the at-fault driver

After investigating the events leading up to the accident, the police may have identified which driver was at fault. A driver may be easily named at-fault if they were texting, distracted, driving recklessly, or under the influence. The police will also be looking for any way you may have been responsible for the events. If you were partially responsible for the accident, this could affect the amount of compensation you are entitled to, depending on the state you live in. Make sure you speak with a local car accident attorney who knows the negligence laws in your state.

The insurance information of the at-fault drivers

Your car accident lawyer will need the insurance information of the driver in question so that they can contact the claims adjusters and begin negotiations. There is a chance that the insurer of the at-fault party will attempt to contact you. If they do, you are not obligated and should not offer them any information. Remember, they are only looking for ways to deny you any compensation and are very devious in this regard. 

There may be a chance that the at-fault driver is not carrying insurance. In such a situation, your Las Vegas auto accident lawyer will know what to do to get you the compensation you need.

Contact a Las Vegas Auto Accident Lawyer

In the aftermath of an accident, it is only natural to be unsure of what happened due to the excitement and emotional upheaval involved. A police report can provide important details that will help you build a strong case against the at-fault party. At Nettles Morris, we have the skills and experience to help you out. Call our personal injury law firm in Las Vegas to schedule your FREE initial consultation. As a matter of fact, we will not charge you anything for our expert legal aid until we win the case and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us at 702-710-9964 if you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident.

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