One of the key factors in determining fault after a car accident the police report. What most people don’t know is that they should participate in crafting of it. Yes, it is your job to help the police create the report after an accident.
But, how do you do it? How can you help the police create a report after an accident?
What Is A Police Report?
For those of you who do not know, a police report is the main evidence that your attorney will use in your defense when proving that the other party was negligent and responsible for causing the accident. When creating a report, the police officer will take everything into consideration:
- The number of vehicles involved
- Time and date of the accident
- How it happened
- Where it happened
- What vehicles were damaged
- Number of passengers involved
- Who was injured
- Names of eyewitnesses (if there are any)
Now you may be wondering how can you help the police officer? It is pretty simple: once an accident happens, your job is to remain on the scene and call the police. Once they arrive, speak to them and tell them what happened. They want to hear your side of the story, so be as detailed as possible. But avoid admitting guilt or saying anything that may put you in a very bad spot (from a legal perspective). If possible, take pictures of the accident, write down the plate numbers of the cars involved, and names of the witnesses on the scene (those willing to testify on what happened).
Our Car Accident Attorneys in Philadelphia advise you to take a copy of a police report and give it to your attorney. If your accident escalates into a court case, your attorney is going to need that report to create your defense based on it.
Police May Not Arrive
Did you know that in certain cases, the police may not arrive at the scene? Usually, there are three common reasons why the police may not arrive at the scene:
- There were no injuries in the accident
- The total amount of damage (property) was too small (estimated damage is less than $500)
- Low Priority (in case of extreme weather conditions, the first priority is securing and saving human lives, as well as evacuation. Your accident may take a lower priority than other accidents)
If they don’t arrive at the scene, and you believe that they should have been there, you can go to the local police station and file a report there. You may also do it online, but it may be better if you go directly to the police station. Once there, your attorney will help you transfer all the valid information to the police.
If you don’t have a legal representation, consider getting one immediately. Skilled and experienced Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys are at your service, ready to take over and build you a strong defense. Don’t hesitate to give us a call any day during business hours, or write us an email if unable to call. Our available attorneys will contact you as quickly as possible.