A police report is an account of the accident written by a police officer who responds to the scene. While the police report offers details from witness accounts and observations about fault, damage to the vehicles, injuries, and even the weather, this report is not a set-in-stone document.
For example, if you feel that fault in your accident hasn’t been assigned correctly, you have the right to appeal for a changed police report.
That said, the police report isn’t the ultimate authority when it comes to suing for an accident, and it’s important to not necessarily rely on a police report when preparing for the aftermath.
Suing is Possible
Even if the police don’t show up to your accident, you can be sued by the other driver. Insurance claims can typically move forward without police report accounts of the incident, especially if injuries become recognized after the fact.
While police reports are required if immediate injuries occur, and they can provide a sense of credible testimony, they’re often not necessary for a claim to proceed. According to Enjuris, “It certainly helps, and [a police report] expedites the claim. However, it doesn’t bar the claim from going forward.”
If you’ve been in a car accident, and aren’t sure whether or not you can sue for your injuries, the team at Lorenzo & Lorenzo is ready to help. We’re here to answer all of your personal injury accident questions and get you on the road to recovery.
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