How Are Accidents With No Police Reports Handled?
Posted By Givens Givens Sparks || May 17, 2016
Whenever an accident occurs, the people involved tend to get a little shocked and are unsure of what to do. Sometimes, they rely on police or other law enforcement who may come to the accident scene to fill out a report to help prove their innocence. But what happens when the police don’t come and no report is filed? This is a situation that many people run into for various reasons.
At Givens Givens Sparks, our Tampa car accident lawyers understand the obstacles you may run into when no police report is filed. Unfortunately, in certain situations, police will not even come to the scene of an accident, let alone file a report. This may be because they deem the property damage is too minor, the weather conditions make it difficult to do so, or no injuries occurred. It is, however, still possible to make a car accident claim with alternative evidence.
Other Driver’s Statements
Never admit fault. Even saying something as simple as “I’m sorry” may be considered admittance. Not everyone knows this, though, so the other driver may make certain statements that you can use to help your case. The other party may even admit to fault. This is something you would like to record or get down in writing.
Witnesses to the Accident
If your accident occurred in a busy area, there may be pedestrians or other drivers who can help testify to who was at fault. You can obtain the witnesses’ contact information and provide this to the insurance company. They would call the witness to the accident to get their side of the story to help decide the claim.
Damage to the Vehicle
When you call your insurance company to file a claim, they may send someone out to check the vehicle and determine the amount of damage. In some cases, they can actually get a better idea of what happened at the accident based on the location of the damage. This can help you build a case to prove the other driver was at fault in the accident.
If you can, take pictures after the accident to show the scene, where your vehicle is damaged, and if you have any injuries. Just because the police is not there to file a report doesn’t mean you can’t document the accident yourself. These photos can help you show who is at fault.
If you feel you are injured, go to the doctor and seek medical attention. The records you receive based on the doctor’s findings can help prove an injury, as well as show that the injury was sustained as the result of an accident.
If you have been involved in an auto accident and there is no police report, call Givens Givens Sparks. Our Tampa auto accident attorneys understand the details you must show to help build your case. We stand by your side throughout this journey so you know someone has your back at all times.