A police report is typically taken after a car accident, even in minor accidents. You need to have a police report to make the claims process easier. However, if you lose your police report or do not have it in your possession for some reason, you need to know how to proceed. This is where a car accident injury attorney can come in. Read on to learn more.
Why Would You Not Have a Police Report?
There are a variety of reasons you may not have a police report. If a police officer responded to your car accident and you never received a copy of the police report, you can call the police station and have a copy made for you. If you lost your report, you should be able to obtain an additional copy, though you may have to pay a fee. If you did not call the police after the accident and no report exists, it may be difficult to file one after the fact.
How Can an Attorney Help You if You Don't Have a Police Report?
If you wish to make a legal claim against the other driver in your car accident and you do not have your police report, you still may be able to make a personal injury claim. It is strongly advisable that you hire an attorney for this process, as it will make the process of making a legal claim much simpler for you.
Your attorney will begin seeking evidence to use in your legal claim. First, you need the contact information of the other driver. Your attorney will also work to get witness statements from anyone who witnessed the accident, pictures, and any video footage that may have been caught at the time of the accident.
Keep in mind that if you are within the statute of limitations for legal claims on a car accident, your attorney can also help you if the other driver attempts to file a case against you. With no police report, you begin to play a game of "he said she said" when it comes to who is liable for the damages. The other driver could potentially come back and try to sue you based on his or her own evidence. If you know you were not at fault for your accident and you want to proceed with a legal claim, whether it is through an insurance company or a lawsuit, your attorney will get the process going for you as soon as you are ready.
To learn more, consult an attorney like those at Arrington Schelin, a Professional Corporation.