Police reports play a very important role in claiming compensation after a St. Louis car accident.
Some personal injury claims, like compensation claims for car accidents, get credibility from police reports. The police reports play a significant role in proving that your claim is legitimate. They can be very useful at the time of negotiations for compensation for an accident.
How the Police Report May Prove to Be Useful Outside of Court
The police report may not provide an evidence of anything that happened in the accident. But it can be used to arrive at an early settlement of your claims.
In order to get a police report, you can submit a request to the department of police, by calling them or going there personally, to issue a report about your car accident. You will likely have to pay some fees to get the report. In case the police were present at the site of the accident, the report will already be there with them.
Even though a court of law may not give much importance to a police report, it can help in other ways.
Before seeking the help of a lawyer you can strengthen your case by collecting items like:
- Medical documentation
- The names of witnesses and their declarations
- Evidence of loss of income
- Medical bills as well as statements
Your attorney will use these items and make a rough copy of a demand letter. He will write a summary of the facts, give a vivid description of your injuries, and appeal for recovery of damages from the accountable party. The police report can add credibility to the demand letter.
The Police Report Provides Important Facts
All the important facts about a car accident are provided in a police report. The date, weather conditions, the circumstances under which the accident took place, and the names of the witnesses are generally specified in the report.
Your lawyer can easily use this information for your benefit. He can contact the witnesses and collect their testimony.
Are Police Reports Irrelevant?
You may be surprised to know that police reports are generally considered hearsay in a court of law and therefore many people think that it is useless to have one. While it is true that people consider police reports to be unacceptable because they are based on word of mouth. they are formulated on the basis of what the witnesses and the involved parties tell the police. For this reason, it can prove extremely useful.
Speak with a St. Louis auto accident attorney ASAP
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