A police report is usually the first thing your attorney will ask for during an initial case consultation. It is a crucial piece of evidence that demonstrates where and when the car crash occurred, who was involved, and it gives an idea of what damages resulted. But what happens if you call for police assistance after a crash and an officer never comes?
Regardless of whether there’s an officer present, you should still collect all the evidence you normally would. That means exchanging information with the other driver, taking pictures of both vehicles and the surrounding area, and getting contact information from nearby witnesses and bystanders. The more information you have at this stage, the better.
Know Your Options
If you’ve been waiting at the crash site for a while and fear police aren’t coming, you still have options. You could go directly to the nearest police station and file a crash report in person. While this may not include all the details you’d get if a police officer was on the scene, it is still a vital piece of evidence that will make it much easier for you and your attorney to file a claim.
Duty to Report
In Connecticut, you are required by law to obtain a police report for any crash that results in more than $1,000 in damages (both property damage and injuries), even if the police don’t come directly to the scene. Under the law, you have five days from the date of a severe crash to file your report. That said, it is advised that you get a police report for any car accident, regardless of damages, as it will make it easier to file an insurance claim.
Filing a police report yourself can be difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process. That’s why we advise that those injured in a car crash consult an attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can help you file all the paperwork you need to start your claim and can take away the stresses of a serious car crash so you can focus on your recovery.
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