Why should I file a police report after an accident in Pennsylvania?

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No one anticipates being involved in a car accident before hitting the road. However, taking the time to understand what to do if you are a victim of another driver’s negligence is crucial to protecting yourself. One thing many underestimate the importance of in these instances is filing a police report. The following blog explores how to proceed if injured in a collision and how car accident attorneys can help you receive compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.

What should I do after an accident?

Following a collision, the most important thing to do is assess if everyone involved is okay. If anyone sustained injuries, even minor ones, you’ll want to request medical attention when you call 911. Though you’re likely panicked, do your best to stay calm when speaking to the operator. Tell them where the collision is, how many people are involved, and the injuries sustained.

Once the police arrive, they will help prevent additional injury or damage by directing traffic around the accident. Additionally, the police will conduct an initial investigation into the collision by looking at how and where the vehicles collided, speaking to the drivers and witnesses, and examining the accident scene for contributing factors like poor road conditions. Using this information, the police will create a report, which can provide valuable evidence in your case.

Aside from contacting the police, it’s essential to take photos and videos of the accident, as these can provide vital evidence.

What are the benefits of filing a police report after an accident?

Regardless of the severity of your accident, whether it’s a minor fender bender or you believe your car is totaled, ensuring you have a police report documenting and detailing your collision is critical. If you want to pursue a lawsuit but did not contact the police or file a report, the defense may claim that the accident wasn’t severe enough or that your injuries do not warrant compensation since you did not need to call the police.

Filing a police report is also beneficial, as the officers will ask you for details about the accident to include in their report. As your lawsuit will likely occur well after the accident, this allows you to review your statement to refresh your memory. Additionally, these reports contain valuable information regarding contact information for witnesses who can provide testimony about what they saw. Finally, the responding officer can testify about what they observed when they arrived at the scene and their professional impression of what they believe occurred.

When you’re injured, Friedman Schuman can assist you. Our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to help you navigate these challenging times. We understand how devastating it can be to sustain injuries and damage to your vehicle. That’s why we’re dedicated to fighting for the compensation and justice you deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can help you.

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