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The Importance Of The Police Report In An Automobile Personal Injury Claim

If you have been in an accident, and were injured by another party, you have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit against that party. In the event that you file a lawsuit, you will want to obtain any police reports that were filed the day of the accident. 

Make Sure You Obtain Your Accident Police Report

A common car accident report contains a lot of information. It is important to note that all the information contained in a police report is necessarily correct. There can be misinformation in a police report. Nevertheless, the police report that was written and submitted about your accident can be a valuable piece of evidence for your automobile personal injury lawsuit. 

Your Police Report Can Contain A Lot Of Valuable Information

Police reports generally contain the following information:

  • The time, data and location of your accident.
  • A description of the weather, road conditions and lighting at the time of the accident. 
  • A diagram of the accident scene.
  • A description of what happened during the accident. 
  • A description of each of the vehicles that were involved in the accident.
  • A description of the damage the vehicles and any property involved in the accident sustained. 
  • A description of any injuries that any person sustained, as well as where the ambulance took them for further medical treatment. 
  • A description of what happened, according to each driver and from any witnesses. 
  • The name, contact information, and drivers license number for all drivers who were involved in the accident.
  • The names and contact information for anyone whose property was damaged or involved in the accident.
  • The names and contact information for anyone who witnessed the accident. 

All of the information listed above is generally included in any police report about an accident. The police report from your accident can be presented as evidence in court, which is why you should make sure you and your auto accident attorney have a copy of this police report. 

What To Do About Misinformation In Your Police Report

If there is information that you do not agree with in your police report, you need to gather evidence to prove that your version of events is correct. Your attorney can assist you in gathering the evidence you need to back up your claims. 

Before going to court over an auto accident, make sure that you have a copy of the police report. If any information presented in the police report is not correct, make sure that you work with your attorney to present evidence that supports your version of events. Obtaining your police report before trial will help you be more prepared to present your case.