My name is Arlene, and two years ago, I was involved in a car accident that wasn't my fault. I had some injuries that required a hospital stay, and I was unable to return to work for several weeks. I didn't know how I was going to pay my bills, and it was very stressful for me. My friend told me that I needed to hire an accident and personal injury attorney so I could recover my lost wages and medical costs. I was so glad that I hired the attorney, and my stress level immediately went down. Through the attorney, I was able to get a settlement, and I was no longer in financial trouble. I am writing this blog to let everyone know the importance of hiring an attorney after an accident. It's my wish that this blog will help others who are in similar situations.
When you are involved in a car accident, the police should respond to the accident scene. The police should create an accident report that details everything they saw and observed at the scene of the accident. If you are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit following your accident, the police report can play a vital role in the process.
Acquiring Your Police Report
In order to obtain your police report, you are going to need to get in contact with either the local police department or the state police department that responded to your accident. When you contact them, be prepared to share with them your name, the date of your accident, and the location of your accident.
Different police departments have different rules about accessing your accident report. Some departments may take a few weeks to process your request and other departments may allow you to instantly access your report online. Additionally, you may or may not have to pay a small fee to obtain your accident report. Make sure you build in time to obtain your accident report since the process for getting it can vary from one department to the next.
The Contents Of Your Police Report
Most all police reports will contain certain general information that can support your efforts to move forward with your personal injury case. Here is a quick overview of the information that your police report should contain:
1.Date of the accident
2.Estimated time of the accident
3.Exact location information of the accident
4.Diagram of what the police think happened based upon their investigation
5.Diagram of where each vehicle was at when the police arrived
6.Details about the weather conditions
7.Details about the condition of the road
8.Details about the lighting
9.Contact and driver's license information for all drivers in the accident
10.Information about all passengers
12.A list of any property damage that occurred
13.A list of any observed vehicle damage.
This is not an inclusive list; your police report may contain more or less information.
Using Your Police Report
Once you obtain your police report, take some time to look over it very carefully. A police report is not infallible; there could be misinformation or inaccuracies in the report. If you notice that any of the information is incorrect, see if the police report can be fixed. If the report cannot be changed, you'll want to make sure that you have evidence that proves that portions of the police report are inaccurate.
Review your police report with your accident attorney, like one from Terrence Salerno Law Office, so that you are both aware of how it may help or hurt your personal injury case and version of events.