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Police Collision Reports and Personal Injury Claims

When a collision occurs, a formal report is usually filed that documents the nature of and the participants in a crash. There are two basic types of car accident reports:

  • The official police report is created when officers respond to an accident scene.
  • An unofficial report is created by a party involved in the crash.

Since there is such a high volume of car accidents, police are rarely dispatched to non-injury car crashes, and so it is a good idea to produce your own unofficial accident report.

How Police Collision Reports can affect an injury claim

A few days after the accident, once a claim has been filed with the insurance company, a claims adjuster will begin collecting statements from the drivers involved in the crash, the passengers, and any witnesses. Even though the police report may clearly state that one particular driver was at fault, the adjuster still has to investigate the claim.

Police reports are very persuasive in personal injury claims. The police officer was actually at the site of the collision. Their training allows them to properly evaluate the accident and its causes, especially each driver's fault. A police officer's testimony has automatic credibility with a jury.

When the police don't assign fault

Sometimes police officers do not assign fault in a car accident. When that occurs, the accident report may indicate that:

  • bad weather or unsafe road conditions were the cause;
  • the accident resulted from an independent force or cause external to the crash participants.

When the police don't assign fault, it may still be possible to convince the insurance adjuster that the insured caused the crash, but doing so will require evidence that either contradicts the officer's assessment, or supplements and clarifies it. In this case, an experienced personal injury attorney will have the expertise to move the claim forward and persuade an adjuster to offer a settlement if possible.

Accident Data Center partners with personal injury attorneys across the nation who help injured people handle insurance claims. If you or an immediate family member has been seriously injured and wants to request a copy of the Police Collision Report, go here to get more information.

 
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Tampa-St. Petersburg, FL

Car Accident Reports in Clearwater Florida

One document you will encounter after you are involved in a car accident is a traffic accident report.1 Accident reports are created by an officer at the scene of the accident and are that officer’s account of the accident as well as any other relevant observations. Accident reports can contain incredible amounts of information If you know what you are looking for. 

Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, TX

Importance of Preserving Evidence after a Major Car Accident

Because the odds suggest that most drivers will eventually experience a major auto accident, it is imperative that every driver know how to respond when disaster strikes. That response includes understanding the importance of preserving evidence after a major car accident. Go here to learn more about why it is crucial to locate and preserve any evidence after a Texas car accident.

Everett-Bellingham WA

Sorry officer, I didn't see you trying to pull me over because I was on my phone

More and more people are becoming aware of the dangers of texting and driving. In fact, more and more laws are being created to deal with this dangerous habit in drivers worldwide. And yet drivers continue to believe that they are immune to the risks, and use their phones. In Washington State, this can mean a ticket, despite the many excuses offered to the Officer. Click here to read about what not to say if you're pulled over for distracted driving.

Everett-Bellingham WA

Police reports: a key piece in building a solid case for accident victims

If you are the victim of an auto accident, you're probably feeling overwhelmed by the aftermath of the wreck. You may have injuries to heal from, different doctors advising you on what the next steps should be, medical bills coming in, emotional and psychological distress and even PTSD. Also there are the insurance companies to deal with, and lots of paperwork to keep track of. One piece of this puzzle is the police report, a critical part in the necessary next steps after an accident as well as legally mandatory to file in many accident situations. For info on police reports, their importance in building your claim, and other important next steps for accident victims to take, click here.

Tallahassee, FL-Thomasville, GA
Accident Date: 
Sat, 10/25/2014
At approximately 12:33am, police responded to 2168 W. Tennessee Street in reference to a traffic crash with injuries. Both vehicles were driving westbound on west Tennessee Street when two vehicles collided. The first vehicle overturned as a result of the crash.

Traffic Crash Reports & Overlay Forms

The following table contains hyper-links to state traffic crash report Get Adobe Readerforms and any overlay code sheets applicable to that state. All forms are in Adobe Portable Document File Format (PDF). In order to eliminate the fraudulent use of crash reports, all state report forms cannot be printed or modified. Overlay code sheets can be printed. In cases where states have revised their reporting forms, both old and new formats are provided. ACTAR assumes no liability for the accuracy or use of these documents. They are provided as a service to the traffic crash reconstruction community.

LexisNexis eCrash

As an involved party in an accident, ordering a copy of the report is easy with LexisNexis® eCrash. Eliminate the need to drive to the police department, find parking and stand in line to request a copy of your accident report. Save time and order from a secure website. You can quickly access and download a copy of the report without leaving your home or office.
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