Getting your Florida car accident report
The time right after a car accident is frightening and stressful. There is a laundry list of steps that you must take, from checking for any injuries, taking pictures, obtaining contact information from any witnesses, and notifying your insurance company. However, there is 1 step that you shouldn't forget, and that is, GETTING THE POLICE REPORT.
Any time you get into a motor vehicle accident, you should call the police. You may be concerned that you will get a ticket, notifying law enforcement is an important step because there will be a third party documenting that the crash happened. This report can become invaluable in your case, should it turn into a personal injury claim.
The Florida Police or Crash Report will include information like the date of the accident, what the weather was like, the owner and insurance company for the vehicles, the name and address of the driver, sometimes the names of any witnesses, whether photos were taken at the scene, and a rough diagram of the scene.
If you have suffered an injury in an accident, you have the ability to request that report from the police department simply by calling and asking to obtain the records or you can go online and purchase a copy from at buycrash.com. Even though Florida car accident reports are not allowed to be used in court, the can help in negotiating your car accident settlement. Because 90% of car accident claims are settled before trial, the crash report is an important piece of information.
Car accident reports can be used in conjunction with your property damage estimate and medical records to give the insurance adjuster an understanding of the facts and circumstances around the accident and the nature and extent of your injuries.
If you have any questions about a Leesburg, Florida car crash, call (352) 267-9168
Guy S. DiMartino, DC, JD, PA