Do I Need a Police Report When I Am in an Auto Accident?

Do I Need a Police Report When I Am in an Auto Accident?

Car accidents happen every day and are the main cause of injuries in Virginia. Every year, these accidents cause thousands of injuries and deaths.

Following a car accident, as someone who was involved in the accident, it is your job to make sure that you do everything in your power to increase your chances of obtaining a settlement for your damages.

Normally, you should exchange the information with the other party involved assuming that they are on the scene. After that, one of the main things you have to do is help the police write a report, and take a copy of it. Here is how important the police report is, and why you should always ask for a copy of one.

Foundation For Your Legal Case

When the police arrive on the scene following an accident, your job is to talk to them, tell them what happened, how it happened, and what damages you suffered as a result of the accident. Remember not to accept any guilt regardless of whether or not you are fully or partially at fault. Leave that part to the attorneys, and focus on helping the police write a report. Use all the information you have about the accident and how it came to be, and speak only the truth. Any lies that you use will backfire at some point and cause you more damage than you can imagine.

Once the police report is finished, ask for a copy of it and give it to your attorney.

Don’t have one? Our Virginia auto accident lawyers are at your service. Call today and schedule your free initial consultation to learn more about the importance of having a police report.

Not Feeling Injured?

If you are not feeling injured after the accident, it is important to seek a doctor’s help regardless of whether there are visual damages or not on your body. You may have internal bleeding or a concussion without even being aware of it. It is important to seek medical assistance for several reasons:

  • Getting treated for any potential injuries
  • Receiving proper medication
  • Obtaining the doctor’s report

Along with the police report, the doctor’s report is the second important evidence that you will be able to use to prove that your injuries came from the accident that you were just in. Ask for a copy of it upon leaving the hospital, and give it to your attorney. With these two documents, you will be one step closer to crafting a strong car accident claim.

No Available Police?

If you call 911 and the informant tells you that there are no police vehicles available or nearby, do not panic. They will come as soon as they have finished their duty. In that case, the 911 informant will tell you what to do and guide you step by step through the process. Call our attorney right after calling 911 and start speaking with the witnesses and taking pictures of the scene.

Our auto accident attorneys in Virginia will help you obtain the settlement you are entitled to in a timely manner. Call today, and increase your chances of obtaining the sum you deserve.