WHY YOU NEED IT
A police report is a critical piece of evidence. If you've been in an accident you are familiar with the process, if you haven't it is good to know what to expect. Filled out correctly, a police report can make all the difference should your case go to court. Failure to fill out a police report can leave your case exposed, please read the following.
It can take days to be aware of injuries. A police report is critical in helping receive damages for your injuries.
It is easy to over look damages to the vehicle. A police officer may catch things that over looked by either party.
The other party may make false claims about the accident. The police report is the easiest way to collaborate a story.
Initially the fault of may be placed on the wrong party, a police report can help change that.
INFORMATION TO INCLUDE
You only get one opportunity to fill out a police report. What you say can be critical to your case. Think carefully about you share.
A thorough description of what happened.
The name of the driver and their insurance information
If there were any witnesses to your accident get their names. If possible get their account of the story with your cell phone.
Details of damages to the car.
Description of Injuries.
WHAT IF THE POLICE AREN'T CALLED?
If the accident was small, resulting with no injuries and very little damage usually $500 or less the Police are not called.
If there is extreme weather a small accident may not be high enough priority.
You can always file your own police report online or at the DMV if a police officer doesn't show up.
If the car accident resulted in damages estimated at over $1000 and a police report was not filed within 10 days by California law your license will be suspended. A POLICE REPORT IS REQUIRED.
To ensure you've done everything you need to review the following to make sure you've done your part.
If the other party in your accident is uninsured file a police report. It is illegal to drive without insurance.
Get the police officer's name. The officer's name is included in the police report but it is not uncommon to have the name be unreadable on the report.
Get your own copy. A copy of the report is available 48 hours after the accident.
Remember the more points of contact the better for making a claim for your auto accident.