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Why is the Police Report So Critical to Your Car Accident Lawsuit?

If you can think back on your teenage years and when your parents taught you how to drive. If your parents are like most other parents, they probably gave you a long speech on how to be safe and always wear your seatbelt. Your dad may have packed an emergency kit in the trunk of your car. However, there’s a good chance your parents never told you what to do if you get into a car accident. The good news is that there are seasoned Los Angeles car accident lawyers here who can help make sense of it all. All you need to do is call and schedule your free, initial consultation. Let your attorney take care of the legal stuff while you sort out the aftermath of the crash.

This Report May Be the Only Evidence Your Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer Has

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know how scatterbrained everybody seems to be. You’re shaken up from the impact and worried. You’re worried about your car. You’re worried about your health. The reason the police came out to the scene in the first place is to get a detailed account of the crash. They don’t expect the drivers to do this on their own. But if you don’t call the cops, there’s nothing they can do to help you.

There Will Be No Way to Track Down Witnesses

Los Angeles car accident lawyers always want the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses. The place to get that is in the police report. Witnesses are a lot more willing to talk to a police officer than some unfamiliar attorney. Even if your lawyer can track down any witnesses, they may not be willing to talk to them. They may have forgotten all about the crash. Or they pretend they forgot because they don’t want to get involved in some stranger’s lawsuit.

This could leave you with little choice but to spend tons of money on expert witnesses. They can try to recreate the accident scene or give their opinion, based on the damage to the cars, as to what happened. Just keep in mind – there’s no guarantee that the judge or jury will believe your expert witness.

You Can Never Go Back and Recreate the Accident Scene

The only opportunity you’ll get to capture photos of the accident scene is to call 911 immediately after your crash. They’ll send an officer out to the scene to conduct an accident investigation. They’ll take pictures of the damage to both vehicles. They’ll also write a report on the weather and road conditions. This information will prove useful when it comes time for trial. If your Los Angeles car accident lawyer isn’t able to settle your case, you’ll need to prove fault. One way to do this is by using a copy of the police report.

What if the Other Driver Was Under the Influence?

One of the reasons the police come out to the scene of your accident is so they can start their investigation. They will put all of their notes and findings into their police report. One of the things they’ll check is whether either of the drivers is under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. If you don’t call the police, there’s no way to prove the other driver was intoxicated and caused the collision. Rather than risk this happening, it’s better to call 911 as soon as possible.

Get a Los Angeles Car Accident Lawyer Involved Immediately

Nobody wants to hire a Los Angeles car accident lawyer unless they have to. You hope the insurance company will just pay your claim. It can be frustrating to find out that after paying your premiums for years, nobody will take responsibility for your injuries. If you’re confident the other driver was at fault, you need to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. One of the first things they’ll ask is to see if the police report.

If you don’t have one, they may not be able to help you. Without this piece of evidence, it can be very difficult to prove your case. If you’ve been injured recently, just call our office and speak with someone who can give you the guidance you need. Your initial consultation is free, so you don’t have anything to lose.

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