Have You Been Injured? We're Ready to Fight for You.

What Happens After a Car Accident with No Police Report?

Published on Aug 22, 2018 at 2:58 pm in Auto Accident.

After a car accident, a few things can happen. The driver who caused the accident may drive off, making the accident a hit and run, and the driver who left has now broken the law. In other serious crashes, someone may be injured or property could be damaged. Both of these situations would need a police report to identify the negligent party and provide an account of how the accident happened and what damage it caused. The reports could also be essential to the claims process.

But there are situations where a police report may not be necessary. A minor bump that doesn’t affect the drivers’ health or doesn’t cause any damage to the cars could be resolved between those parties. While there isn’t a police report in this case, it’s still important to get legal aid to protect your interests. If you’ve been in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, a Louisville car accident lawyer from Thomas Law Offices can help.

Filing a Car Accident Claim Without a Police Report

Police reports provide an unbiased account of what happened and has the benefit of timing. Trying to piece together something that happened weeks or months ago won’t be exactly the same. Police reports also help speed up the claims process because it can help determine fault. A claim can still be processed without a police report. Another party doesn’t need a police report if they want to sue you for injuries or damages.

A car accident still requires the parties involved to exchange contact and insurance information so they can get contact their insurance companies. However, details or accounts of the accident may change when claims are made, which turns the dispute into a he-said she-said situation.

Even minor car accidents can put people in shock, so it’s not the biggest surprise that a person’s account of the details can change from the day the incident occurred to how they reported it for their claim. These disputes can get muddled and affect who was at fault.

The facts of the case can help determine what happened and who was at fault. Eyewitnesses could give an account of what they saw. Any documentation of the damage could help prove or disprove a person’s story.

If you were in an accident that wasn’t your fault but the other party wasn’t taking full responsibility, you may not know what to do next. But you don’t have to try and prove your claim on your own. Your car accident lawyer could help you with your claim and show that the other party was at fault.

They may be able to go back to the scene and find evidence to support your claim. If the accident happened on a busy street, parking lot, or a residential area, they may find that the accident was recorded. Plenty of businesses and some homes have cameras running for security purposes that could have caught the accident. You can have peace of mind that someone is looking out for your best interests.

Free Case Evaluation

At Thomas Law Offices, our personal injury attorneys recognize that our potential clients are likely going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. We don't want you to have to worry about paying out of pocket for legal advice when you're just starting to learn your legal rights and options. That's why we provide free case evaluations. We'll offer our expert advice about your potential case and walk you through how we can help you.

Call us or fill out the form below to tell us about your potential case and a personal injury lawyer will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Meet Our Founder

Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

Legal & Firm News

Types of Medical Malpractice

Like most major cities, Chicago and its suburbs, such as Mokena, Skokie, Orland Park, Naperville, Arlington Heights, Calumet City, and others, are home to many doctor’s offices, urgent care facilities, and hospitals. While many medical providers at these facilities successfully treat patients’ presenting concerns, poor outcomes occur.

Read More

Illinois Nursing Home Regulations

Illinois nursing home regulations exist to keep older and vulnerable adults residing in nursing homes safe, healthy, and protected from harm. Our state government has established a comprehensive system of laws to protect care facility residents, recognizing that nursing home abuse and neglect is a very real and serious problem.   Thomas Law Offices in Chicago, […]

Read More

Tad Thomas Interviewed About Sexual Assault Cases on WAVE Listens Live!

This week, Tad Thomas of Thomas Law Offices was invited back to join John Ramsey on WAVE 3 News during his Listens Live! segment which airs weekdays in Louisville. In August, Tad was interviewed on the segment about senior care facilities and how family members of residents in facilities can help protect their loved ones. […]

Read More
Tad Thomas on The National Crime Victim Bar Association
National Civil Justice Institute - Trustee
Tad Thomas on Lawyer Minds
Tad Thomas on American Association for Justice
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Ohio Association for Justice
Kentucky Justice Association
Fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America
Martindale Hubbell Preeminent
2021 Public Justice Member
AAJ Masters of Trial Law: Champion