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Auto Accident Police Reports FAQs

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June 29, 2018

If you've been in a car accident, then you'll want to speak with an auto accident attorney in Stuart and Port St. Lucie right away to make sure that your rights are protected and that you're receiving sound legal advice. For example, a good auto accident lawyer can help use the car accident police report to your advantage. If you're unsure of what an auto accident police report entails, the following are some of the common questions that people often have about auto accident police reports:

What exactly is an auto accident police report?

When a car accident occurs, it's required by law that it be reported to the police. An officer will respond and write up a report that contains information concerning the accident. The officer will include both facts and opinions.

What is in the auto accident police report?

The police officer who responded to the accident will do an on-scene investigation in order to write up the auto accident police report. The following is some of the information that they will make sure to include:

  • The date and location of the accident as well as the approximate time at which the accident occurred.
  • The names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information of all parties involved in the accident.
  • The names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Details concerning the damage done to the vehicles involved in the accident.
  • Notes concerning the condition of the scene, such as the weather, the condition of the road, and the lighting conditions.
  • A rough diagram of the accident, showing the final location of the vehicles if they were not moved after the accident.
  • Statements collected from the parties involved as well as any witnesses.
  • Any citations given out on the scene for violations of the law.
  • The     officer's opinion as to what caused the accident and who was at fault.

What is the auto accident police report be used for?

Insurance companies conduct their own investigations to find out who is at fault, and they will use the information in the police report. Some of the content in the police report could also be used to help settle your case or to strengthen your case in court, although depending on the court, some of the information may be considered hearsay and therefore be inadmissible. A lawyer can help determine what can be used on your behalf.

How do you get an auto accident police report?

The responding officer will generally give receipts to the involved parties that include the ID number of the police report. You can call your local law enforcement's traffic division to request the report for an administrative fee of $15. You can simply describe the accident using the date and location and they should be able to find it as well. You can also get a free copy by asking the claims representative of your insurance company.

These are a few things you'll want to know about auto accident police reports. To speak with an auto accident attorney in Stuart or Port St. Lucie, contact the Law Office of Gloria Seidule for a free case evaluation today.

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