When your day is suddenly interrupted by the actions of a reckless driver, it is vital you call the police immediately to report the accident and file a report. Though possibly overwhelming in the moment, this initial step is often essential in strengthening your eventual personal injury lawsuit, as it provides a formal account of the incident that can be pivotal when seeking compensation for injuries caused by someone else’s negligence.

At the Law Office of Shane McClelland, PLLC, we understand how vital a comprehensive lawsuit is to covering the financial and life-altering impacts of personal injuries. We are dedicated to offering personalized legal strategies that leverage every piece of evidence, including the crucial details contained in police reports, to secure the compensation you deserve. We prioritize your needs and offer our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless we achieve a recovery on your behalf.

How Can a Police Report Positively Affect Your Car Accident Lawsuit? 

A police report is a critical document in the aftermath of a car accident. It plays a vital role in the legal process, especially when pursuing an insurance lawsuit or a lawsuit for damages. This official report can significantly influence the outcome of your lawsuit in several ways:

Determining Fault

One of the primary uses of a police report in a car accident case is establishing fault. It may be tempting, if the damage is seemingly minimal, to drive away without calling for an official report. However, when this occurs, you are running the chance of the other party attempting to shift blame and file a lawsuit against you instead. 

When law enforcement officers arrive at the scene of an accident, they will conduct an initial investigation to determine how and why the accident occurred. Their findings, including observations of vehicle positions, statements from the parties involved, and witness testimonials, are documented in the police report. This report helps establish a narrative and sequence of events that can be crucial for identifying the party responsible for the accident.

Key Evidence

A police report serves as a key piece of evidence in legal and insurance proceedings. It contains detailed information that may include diagrams of the accident scene, the officer’s assessment of damage, any citations issued, and indications of any law violations. 

Insurance companies often rely on police reports to make initial determinations about who was at fault. In court, the report can be used to corroborate testimonies and provide a basis for arguments made by your attorney.

Supports Your Lawsuit

Beyond helping to establish fault, a police report can strengthen your lawsuit by providing a third-party account of the accident. This can be particularly valuable if the other driver disputes your version of the events or if there is a lack of direct evidence. The police report’s details can also help your attorney argue for a more accurate assessment of damages, ensuring that you receive appropriate economic and non-economic compensation for losses and injuries sustained in the accident.

Hire a Dedicated Attorney Today to Handle Your Lawsuit

An accident can happen suddenly, leaving you to deal with the repercussions. If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident, it’s crucial to file a police report immediately, as this simple step can significantly strengthen your lawsuit and affect the outcome of your lawsuit. At the Law Office of Shane McClelland, PLLC, we understand the critical role a police report plays in securing your rightful compensation. Our dedicated team is here to guide you through the process and ensure that every detail is leveraged in your favor.

Don’t navigate this challenging time alone. Take the first step towards protecting your rights and enhancing your lawsuit. Call (713) 987-7107 or fill out our contact form to begin your journey to recovery today.