Can A Police Report Prove Your Innocence In A Car Accident?
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Can A Police Report Prove Your Innocence In A Car Accident?

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Can A Police Report Prove Your Innocence In A Car Accident?

Car accident victims cannot receive compensation unless they prove the other party’s liability. Many different types of evidence are used in the procedure, one of which is a police report. A police report is a brief and quick summary of the accident made by the officers on site.

The police report often serves as an important piece of evidence in determining liability. If you were injured in Los Angeles, an attorney could help you understand how a police report can help you.

Why is a police report considered an important piece of evidence?

When an accident takes place in Los Angeles, it is suggested that the involved parties or the people witnessing the scene call the police. When the police arrive at the scene, they make a quick investigation of the site. They take pictures, and videos, talk to potential witnesses and note down if any traffic violations have taken place. This helps create a third-party observation of what may have caused the crash.

Police officers note a variety of things that may have affected the accident, including:

  • Speeding
  • Weather conditions
  • Visibility conditions
  • Driver impairment
  • Roadway conditions

What information is contained in a police report?

An official police report contains the following information:

  • When and where the accident took place
  • Opinions on who was to blame for the accident
  • Statements from the parties involved
  • Description of the accident
  • Parties involved
  • Witness contact information
  • Citations issued
  • Description of the property damage

Is the police report an important document in a car accident case?

Yes. The information contained in a police report often decides whether you will be awarded compensation or not. To see what is there in the report, you can request a copy of it from law enforcement or have your attorney request one.

When you file a claim with the other party’s insurance, they do an investigation of their own. This investigation usually starts with the police report of the accident. However, it is still possible for the insurer to disagree with some or the entire report.

However, it is usually challenging to argue with the facts laid out in a police report. Even if they do, they must present solid evidence and arguments to support their claims. It is easier to get compensation if the police report information is in your favor.

Contact an attorney

If you have been injured in a car accident, you deserve compensation. You should not bear the expensive medical costs and other damages because of the fault of another party. Book a consultation session with an attorney today.

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