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A police report may prove invaluable following a car crash

If you are injured in a car wreck, the most important step you can take is to seek medical treatment if necessary. The second-most important step is to contact police.

Once you call police to the scene of your injury car crash, they will produce a report on the details of the crash. If your crash-related injuries were the result of another driver's carelessness in California, getting a copy of the report may be immensely helpful in the event you decide to seek compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury claim.

Getting the police report

It is within your rights to obtain the police report generated for your accident. For this reason, contacting the police agency that responded to your accident as quickly as possible following the crash is a wise move. It might be a requirement that you pay to cover the cost of photocopying the police report, although the amount is typically small. In addition, the police agency might require you to obtain the report in person. Other agencies, on the other hand, will have no problem with mailing you a copy of your report.

Why are police reports so important following injury accidents?

One cannot generally submit a police report in a civil court proceeding. However, a police report may give you leverage when negotiating a personal injury dispute, as the details included in the report may include when and where the accident happened as well as what the weather conditions were like when the crash took place. Furthermore, the police report might feature the observations of the responding police officer with regard to which motorist's negligence might have led to the collision.

Witness information in police reports

A police report might also contain important information about any witnesses to your accident, including a witness' telephone number and name. The report might also feature statements from witnesses about what took place. This information may be valuable as you attempt to prove that the other driver involved in the accident caused the crash due to negligent driving.

If you are successful in your personal injury claim, you might receive a monetary award that may help you to cover the cost of medical treatment and other losses resulting from your car crash. The award may also help to address pain and suffering stemming from these types of car accidents.

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