If you are in a minor accident, the last thing you want to do is to add to the aggravation by getting the police involved. Maybe you are on your way to an important business meeting or dinner and you don’t want to be late. But having a police report can be the difference between being able to recover compensation for your property damage and personal injuries (which may not be apparent immediately after the accident) and having your claim denied by the at fault driver’s insurance company.
While you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, not documenting important facts in a police report will harm your case. For example, in disputed liability cases, not documenting at fault party’s admission about fault immediately after the accident could be devastating for your case. Many times, even after admitting fault, the other party lies to his or her insurer and blames you. Having the other party’s statement documented in the police report is the best way to prepare against dishonesty. In addition, if the accident involved a hit and run driver, your insurer will almost certainly require a police report to consider your uninsured motorist claim.
The best course of action is to call the police from the scene of the accident and have an official police report. However, if you’ve been involved in an accident and didn’t call the police, an experienced and reputable auto accident attorney in Los Angeles will help you assert your rights against the other driver and recover compensation. As one of the leading law firms in Los Angeles, professionals at West Coast Trial Lawyers will guide you through every step for a successful outcome. For further information or to schedule a consultation please visit www.WestCoastTrialLawyers.com or contact us at (888) 539-9582.