The Importance of Police Reports in Florida Car Accident Cases
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The Importance
of Police Reports in Florida Car Accident Cases

The Importance
of Police Reports in Florida Car Accident Cases

By: Jason Neufeld
Posted in: car accident lawyer

One of the first things that you should do after a Florida car accident is call the police. In fact, Florida residents are required by law to report most crashes to the police. Calling the police to the scene is often the easiest way to report an accident.

Having the police involved also helps your Miami car accident case in a lot of situations. If you did report the accident but did not get a copy of the police report, your lawyer will be able to help you gather this information.

Reporting Requirements Under Florida Law

You are legally required to stop after a car accident. Failure to stop can result in criminal charges. While many people know this essential requirement, they may not know that in most situations, you are also required to report an accident as soon as possible to law enforcement. The State of Florida keeps crash statistics, and those involved in the accidents are the best source of information to gather data for these statistics.

You are required to report an accident that results in any type of injury, death, or property damage over $500. These requirements include most car accidents that occur on the road today. Failing to report a collision can result in fines and other penalties.

Because of this requirement, reporting an accident is particularly important for your car accident case. If you do not report the accident, the other driver or an insurance company may use this information against you to argue that you were not really injured or your injury was not caused by the crash. You should always call the police to the scene of a collision, even if you are unsure whether you need to take that step.

Police Reports and Your Car Accident Case

When the police create a report, you essentially get a statement from someone else who is unbiased. Most people also hold an officer’s opinion in higher regard than another type of witness as well. Investigating officers have no reason to be untruthful in these types of cases, which means that their recollection of the events can be very valuable in your case.

A police report will often include the following information:

  • Contact information for both drivers
  • Data about the other driver’s insurance
  • Weather conditions
  • The location of the accident
  • A description of the crash
  • A drawing or diagram of the collision
  • Information regarding any citations that were issued
  • Recitation of statements made to the officer
  • The officer’s observations of the scene (such as the position of the vehicles or whether there are skid marks)
  • Any other factors that may have contributed to the accident

The report contains valuable, need-to-know information about the other person in a crash. You must have some of this information to get a lawsuit started.

Although the report itself generally cannot be considered evidence in your personal injury case, the officer that wrote the report can be a valuable witness. He or she will be able to look at the document and testify about what they remember regarding the accident.

Call a Miami Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been in a collision that resulted in serious injuries, you need a Miami car accident lawyer to help with your case. Get an idea of your legal options by talking to a member of the team at Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, PA. Contact us to set up an appointment.