Why Do I Need a Police Report After an Auto Accident?
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If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident and want to demand a settlement or file a lawsuit, a police report is an important piece of evidence to use in your claims. Whether the accident happened in a state that requires police reports after accidents or not, it is always a best practice to file one.
Many car accident victims feel overwhelmed by the amount of steps it takes to recover for their damages. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident and want to learn about what the correct steps are, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with a Colorado Springs auto injury lawyer.
Filing a Report vs. Making a Claim
A common misunderstanding is that filing a police report is the same as or directly connected to making a claim to your insurance company. The police report serves as a record of the accident, which can be used to your advantage in a claim. However, police reports are not automatically sent in as an insurance claim.
However, both your insurance company and the opposing party’s insurance provider may request a publicly available car accident report.
No Accident is Too Small
For small accidents like fender benders, it may seem unnecessary to get the police involved. In these cases, an officer may not want to waste their time attending to a matter that is not urgent, and it is in your best interest to file a report via mail or computer later that day.
Information to Include
When filing a police report, you want to include as many pieces in the following list as possible.
- Injuries to yourself and your passengers
- Description of events that led to the accident
- How many passengers were in each car
- Name and insurance information of other driver
- Witness names and a record of their account of the accident. Most smart phones have simple audio recording apps that can be used here.
- Damages to your vehicle
Obtaining the Report
In order to obtain a police report, you first must decide which law enforcement agency to contact and request the form from. Typically you will seek a car accident report from the police department in the city where the accident happened.
Next, determine whether that police department offers reports in print or online. In many cases, you will be able to fill out a form on your phone or computer, but that is not always the case.
If you would like a copy of the final police report, you will usually have to pay a fee to the police department. At Zinda Law Group, we handle those expenses and you will only be billed for those fees if we’re able to win your case.
Why Police Might Not Show Up
- No one was injured in the crash
- Very little property damage
- Extreme weather conditions
If the police do not show up and you are not critically injured, there is no need to worry. You can always file a report remotely in the comfort of your own home.
Get Help from Colorado Springs Personal Injury Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our Colorado Springs accident attorneys are highly skilled in handling all types of car accident cases, and we will fight tirelessly to help you seek the compensation you deserve. You will pay nothing unless we win.
Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Colorado Springs injury lawyers. Meetings with attorneys by appointment only.