What You Need To Know About Car Accident Reports
Posted on October 24, 2021 in Firm News
In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, it is normal for emotions to run high, especially if you or a loved one have been injured. In order to get the justice and compensation due to you as a victim, it is important to make a car accident report as soon as you can. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and get the contact details of any witnesses at the scene. This will come in useful later, both for reporting the accident and pursuing a legal case for compensation.
After a car accident, you can find yourself stretched to the limit, both financially and emotionally. On top of the injuries you have suffered, you may have experienced some form of mental trauma, which can be exacerbated by your inability to work. With medical expenses and other related costs to take care of, it is wise to engage an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer to advocate for your rights.
Reporting A Car Accident
In order to pursue compensation and legal justice, you will need to make a report of your car accident. You need to make a police report in the following cases:
- It the accident was hit and run
- If a pedestrian was involved
- If foreign vehicles were involved
- If someone was sent to the hospital for serious injuries or if there were fatalities
- If there was damage to government property
You will also have to make a report to the respective insurance companies in order to pursue a claim and if you decide to pursue legal compensation, present this report to your attorneys as well.
What’s included in A Car Accident Report?
Below is a list of details you should have in the police report:
- Date, time and location of the accident
- How and why the accident occurred
- The parties who were responsible for or contributed to the accident
- The victims involved
- Any footage you may have taken at the scene
- An objective overview of the accident as it occurred – it can help if you write an account as soon as possible after the accident
- The harm or damage caused to you as a result of the accident – this will need to be substantiated by medical documentation. If your injuries are serious enough that your future ability to work is compromised, a doctor’s testimony is required and can help your catastrophic injury case.
Get Justice for Your Car Accident Case with The Help of Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein
Have you sustained serious injuries due to a car accident? Or have you lost a loved one? If so, our experienced motor vehicle attorneys at Pazer, Epstein, Jaffe & Fein, P.C. are ready to assist you with pursuing justice and compensation. You do not have to suffer in silence if you have been a victim. Please feel free to contact us today if you wish to schedule an appointment. Alternatively, you can also reach us at (212) 847-5007 in New York or (718) 954-9986 in Long Island.