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Do I Need to File a Police Report for My Auto Accident?

Posted on: December 20, 2016

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After an auto accident, victims are disoriented, adrenaline is flooding your system, injuries may be involved which naturally preoccupy your thoughts. There is a lot you should do in the aftermath of an accident, and filing a police report is just one of them. The law only requires you to file an accident report under specific circumstances, but a report can be an invaluable benefit to you in the aftermath of any auto accident.

Why File a Police Report?

In the State of Oklahoma, drivers are required to file police report for any accident which involves an injury, death or $300 or more in property damage. Aside from a legal obligation in those instances, it is advisable that you file a report after any accident with another vehicle.

Police reports will include statements from both drivers and any witnesses to the auto accident. The officer who makes the report will provide a detailed report of all accounts, and an assessment of the accident scene to establish which driver was at fault.

If you have been injured in a car accident, a police report will provide you and your personal injury lawyer with the evidence you will need to determine the other driver’s liability for the accident. The police report can serve as the final word in a personal injury case.

Also, the police report will include names and contact information of witnesses, information that you may not be able to recall, did not have the presence of mind to gather in the chaos following the accident. Medical treatment and recovery may take some time following an accident. If you plan to file suit, you will want to wait until you are full recovered from the accident. Until then, you cannot fully quantify your losses from the accident.

During your recovery, your memory of the accident may grow less vivid, witnesses may relocate or change their contact information. A police report will secure important details, and can be of assistance in contacting any witnesses who can testify on your behalf.

A Ready Reference and a Reliable Source

To summarize, a police report is not always mandatory, but its value in a PI case is considerable. When you have been involved in a car accident, it is easy to overlook or forget relevant facts that would help your case. A police report on file will preserve information you may not have even been aware of at the time, which your personal injury attorney can use on your behalf.

A police report, by Oklahoma law, must be filed in any accident severe enough to cause injury; so if you’ve been injured in a car wreck, you or someone involved in the accident will need to file one.

The law offices of Edwards & Patterson will fight for you in the SE Oklahoma area or in Arkansas to ensure you receive adequate compensation. Call, or contact us online today.

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