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, 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 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.