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The Importance of Getting a Police Report After an Auto Accident

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 case later.

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.