Should You File a Police Report After a Car Accident?
Should You File a Police Report After a Car Accident?

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you file a police report. Even if the accident is “minor,” you should still call the police and report the accident. Should you need to pursue a personal injury claim, the police report is a crucial piece of evidence you don’t want to be without.

Contrary to what you might have been told, filing a police report is not frivolous, even for a minor accident. Furthermore, skipping the police report is not a smart way to avoid an insurance premium hike. In reality, right after the accident occurs, there is no way to accurately know how much damage your vehicle has sustained. It is also too soon to assess whether you have been significantly injured.

Until you have your vehicle looked at by a professional, and your body assessed by a doctor, you cannot be sure about the damages caused by the accident. If you wake up three days after the accident in pain, you can’t go back and file the report. The other driver and the witnesses will be long gone, and you will be at a disadvantage for filing your personal injury claim.

File a Police Report Right Away

Avoid this stressful scenario by immediately calling the police after you are involved in an accident. The police report should contain the following information about your accident:

  • The time and place of the accident
  • The damage both vehicles sustained
  • Any injuries sustained by those involved
  • Statements by the drivers and any witnesses to the accident

If you have been injured in an accident, filing the police report immediately is crucial. You should also get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible. Next, be sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to assess your case and help you file your claim.

“Having an accurate police report on record is an important part of your personal injury claim. Don’t make the mistake of underestimating the damage and injuries from an accident and leaving the scene without filing a report,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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