The Importance of Filing a Police Report After a Car Accident

Following a car accident, most people are, understandably, overwhelmed. Between seeking medical care for any injuries, talking to the other driver, and dealing with car repairs, filing a police report may not be the first thing on your mind. However, in Florida, all accidents must be filed for a police report if there’s more than $500 in property damage, if there are any complaints of injury, or if the accident was caused by an intoxicated driver. 

Regardless of these requirements, filing a police report is important for your insurance claim after a police report. Here’s why:

Record Contact Information

Contact information for the other driver and his or her insurance company will be included in the police report. The report may also include contact information for any witnesses of the crash. This information will become necessary when you file an insurance claim. 

Officially Document The Crash

Filing a police report creates an official record of the date, time, and location of the auto accident. This can keep a negligent driver from claiming that the accident never happened to avoid blame. 

Descriptions of The Crash

In the process of filing a police report, a police officer will take statements from both drivers, provide a description of how the accident occurred, and conclude who was at fault. This information is useful for proving fault in an auto accident case and can help you recover your rightful compensation. 

Diagrams and Photos

Police reports often include a diagram of the crash, including the point of impact, as well as photos and/or videos from the scene. These materials can serve as further evidence to support your claim. 

The experienced car accident lawyers at Weldon & Rothman, PL can help ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve after an auto accident. Contact us today for a free case review!