In order to be compensated for your property damage and physical injuries after a car accident, the first thing that needs to be confirmed is that the other driver is liable for the accident. The factual evidence surrounding the collision is imperative in meeting this end. This is why a police officer’s report in your favor can be highly beneficial when trying to prove liability.
A police report is one of the many ways to strengthen your argument that you weren’t the cause of the accident. If the circumstances surrounding the car accident are serious enough, police officers will arrive at the scene, make sure everyone is safe, manage traffic, speak to the parties involved and witnesses, conduct a brief investigation, and eventually make a police report, which typically provides who the officer believes caused the accident. Quite often, the police report will make it difficult for the other driver’s insurance to deny you compensation when the report provides that the other driver was at fault. Without a police report, the other driver can deny fault, making it difficult for you to prove liability.
When in doubt, call 911 or the police to report the car accident. Keep in mind, police may or may not arrive depending on the seriousness of the collision.
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If you’ve been involved in a car accident, contact Mercado & Sacramento, PC now at (510) 340-4LAW.