Importance of Police Reports in Auto Accident Injury Claims

At Jones & Swanson, we represent victims injured in automobile crashes. When Georgians contact our office, they often inquire about their legal rights and want to know what aspects of a claim will aid or hinder their cause. Our lawyers' and staff members' 50 years of combined legal experience has provided expertise that allows us to best represent clients and offer advice.

Determining Fault in a Car Accident

There are a variety of important factors that our car accident attorneys consider when determining whether or not to take on a case. First, the date of the accident cannot be outside two years, as that is the statute of limitations in Georgia. The details associated with a crash are significant as well. For instance, there is no need to bring a legal claim if there were no significant injuries sustained in a crash. Perhaps the most important factor used in determining whether or not to bring a legal claim is negligence. At some point in an auto accident legal claim, negligence must be proven.

An essential form that our attorneys and staff members always gain access to is the Georgia motor vehicle accident report, or the police report. This report is what a law enforcement officer fills out at the scene of a crash to store data about the wreck. The report contains information on the parties involved in the crash, contact information and statements of witnesses, and details from the police officer detailing what happened, how, and when. It also typically indicates who the law enforcement official believes caused the crash. The police report is often a tool that personal injury lawyers use to prove a defendant was at fault for a crash so that monetary compensation can be attained for the plaintiff. For this reason, it is important for you to file a police report in the event of an automobile wreck in Georgia. Whether you experience serious injuries or not, it is always helpful to have a police report in case injuries arise later or insurance companies attempt to blame you for the crash. Having the information contained in a motor vehicle accident report allows you to feel confident that you will not be blamed for a crash that was not your fault.

While police reports can be important to an injury claim, they are not always absolutely necessary. Sometimes police reports may contain errors or have vague information that does not correctly state the details of a crash. Only an experienced auto accident lawyer will be able to determine what steps to take in your injury claim, so you should seek legal advice as soon as possible after a crash. For more information on what do to after a car wreck, call (770) 427-5498 today.