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How police reports can help when determining liability

After a car accident, victims may immediately be concerned about their passengers' well-being, as well as their own. They might even be upset about the damage done to their vehicle. However, in the days following a crash, when medical care is needed, work is missed and bills pile up during a time when income is decreased, a victim may worry about how to make ends meet. One potential way to do so is to file a successful personal injury claim that results in the recovery of compensation.

Winning a lawsuit requires proving that the defendant is liable for the damages caused to the victim. But, how is that accomplished? One of the best ways is to obtain the police report that was filed subsequent to the wreck. These reports contain a responding officer's observations, as well as an opinion about the cause of the accident. A police report should also indicate if any traffic tickets were issued.

After obtaining a police report, a victim can use it to show insurance companies. It is powerful evidence regarding the cause of the wreck, and may be the pivotal piece of evidence that pushes a defendant to settle the claim or for a victim to win at trial.

However, as helpful as police reports may be sometimes, they may not always be helpful. In these instances, a victim may need to turn to other legal measures, such as accident investigation reports and eyewitness accounts. In other words, there are many options that may be available to those seeking to impose liability on another who harmed them.

Source: FindLaw, "Car Accident Liability: Proving Fault in a Car Crash," accessed on Jan. 22, 2016

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