|AUTO ACCIDENT POLICE REPORT: IS IT CRUCIAL TO YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE?|
|Written by Los Angeles Car Accident Attorney|
|Sunday, 17 October 2010 07:04|
Very often our clients are involved in serious auto accidents where police are at the scene and prepare an accident report. Though it is not often that the complete police report can be obtained right away, the question everyone wants to know the answer to immediately, is what will the police report say and will it help us or hurt us. Even though police reports are clearly helpful in determining fault for the collision, they are not always dispositive of the issue. Nevertheless getting your hands on a copy of one as soon as possible is important.
In serious injury cases people are often taken away from the scene by paramedics and the injured party is unable to obtain accident information, as that is probably the last thing on his or her mind at that point. Police officers usually try to either visit or call these parties at the hospital or at home later to get their version of the facts. It is therefore imperative that the police-obtained information is received as soon as possible, as without it the person or their attorney cannot begin presenting the claim to the at-fault party or their insurance company. The only drawback is that if the accident occurred in Los Angeles, obtaining a report from the Los Angeles Police Department could take two to four months due to their overloaded records department. Even though the officers often provide parties with a Traffic Collision Information card containing the basic information of the adverse party (such as their name, address, telephone number, vehicle description and insurance information), the card has no information about the facts of the collision. Statements of the parties and witnesses, diagrams, measurements, descriptions of damages and physical evidence, vehicle code violations and any potential citations and arrests made at the scene, will only be listed in the final version of the police report itself.
This article was written by Vadim Liberman, an attorney who for over 20 years has been representing clients involved in auto accident injury cases. He can be reached at his law firm, Liberman Law Group at (877) 399 - 5877 toll free or at (323) 931-5577.
Our accident attorney at Liberman Law Group is not representing any of the parties mentioned in this blog article at the time of this personal injury posting. If you were involved in this type of an accident, please contact our Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who can assist you in answering your questions and seeking compensation for your injuries. Once our lawyer has conducted both a consultation and a full investigation, our attorney may then fully inform the contacting parties about their legal rights and potentially recovery or monetary compensation.