Why a Police Report is Important for a Personal Injury Lawyer Delray Beach
After you are involved in an automobile accident, one of the first steps to take after the incident should be contacting the police—no matter the severity of the accident. There are several reasons to contact the police, but the most important is that the police will fill out a report about what happened. The official police report can be great documentation for your personal injury claim. However, it is not necessary to have a police report to file a personal injury claim. If you do not have a police report, then your personal injury lawyer Delray Beach can help you gather other evidence/documentation that will help you prove your claim.
Police reports typically have the following information in them which may help support a personal injury claim:
- Contact information of the other driver(s)
- Contact information of the owner of the adverse vehicle(s)
- Insurance information of the other driver(s) and/or owner(s)
- Potential witness names, statements, and their contact information (if applicable)
- Weather conditions or other conditions that may have contributed to the accident
- A diagram of the accident
- The officer’s personal observations of the scene
In addition to the police report, your personal recollection of the accident will be very important in your case. It is recommended to write down details of the accident as soon as you can afterwards so you can reference it later. Your memory may not always be as good as it was right after the accident.
If you take pictures of the damages to your vehicle and the injuries that you sustained, that will also be helpful to evidence in your personal injury claim. Any documentation that you can provide of your damages and injures will be important. This could also include medical records, employment records which display your missed time at work, and estimates to fix or replace your vehicle. The personal injury lawyer Delray Beach you choose to represent you will greatly benefit from this detailed information. Your attorney will guide you and ask for all the necessary documents and information to move forward with your claim.
If you need legal representation because of an incident causing a personal injury, call the personal injury lawyer Delray Beach of Greenberg & Strelitz, P.A. for your free initial consultation.