After you are involved in a car accident, there's a good chance that a police officer will come to the scene. The officer can play an important role in helping you resolve your car accident case if you choose to sue the other party for negligence.
What a Police Report Means
After an accident, you will need to wait at the scene of the accident until a police officer arrives. Not only is this required by law, but the police officer will create a police report. In some cases, the police department might not be able to send anyone and you will have to head to the police department to request a report. The report can be very useful when you are engaged in negotiations.
You will want to make sure that the police report contains information that will help your case. The insurance adjuster will definitely obtain a copy of the report and your attorney will be able to obtain a copy. Then, you will know what to expect when you begin negotiations.
For example, if the police officer decides to write that you drifted into the other lane when the other driver actually drifted into your lane, this can affect your case. However, these reports are also a matter of public record and you can obtain a copy yourself.
The Contents of a Police Report
The police report will include basic information such as where the accident occurred and the names of the individuals involved in the accident. Therefore, it can be useful if you forget the identity of the other driver. The report will include a description of the damage and any statements made by witnesses. It also includes other relevant information such as the weather at the time, the road conditions, and lighting.
When Your Case Goes to Court
While a police report can be used in a settlement negotiation, you might wonder if your police report will be admissible in court. There may be some aspects of the police report that are confidential, but they can be obtained through a subpoena.
The police report is one of several factors that can affect your case regardless of whether it goes to court or not. You'll also need to determine if you can find any witnesses who can testify on your behalf and you may need help from an expert witness. However, with the help of an auto accident attorney, you'll be more likely to win your case.
To learn more, reach out to an auto accident attorney.