By: Matthew Tievsky
After someone else negligently hits you and causes an
auto accident, if there is any reason to believe that you might be injured, we recommend
that you call the police. If you are injured, the police are likely to
make a report, and this report can be valuable later for establishing
the wrongdoer's fault.
Just because the police find the wrongdoer at fault will not directly help
you in a subsequent lawsuit, because the police's opinion is irrelevant
if the police weren't present to witness the accident. However, the
police report can serve at least two valuable functions:
- First, the police are likely to write down what the wrongdoer says at the
scene. If the wrongdoer admits fault, or makes any other statements that
tend to prove fault, then you can use these statements later.
- Second, the police are supposed to canvass the area and take down the contact
information of witnesses to the accident, who may help you prove your
If you have questions regarding how the police can help you prove your
auto accident claim, you should contact the personal injury attorneys at
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for a free consultation.