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What You Should Know About Filing a Police Report


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11/14/2012
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An Atlanta auto accident lawyer can be helpful when collecting evidence, such as the police report, for your personal injury claim. When you get into a car accident, your first inclination may not be to call the police to the scene, especially if the accident resulted in minor injuries or no injuries at all. However, filing a police report can be useful in your injury claim. It includes information that can help the court decide who is liable for the accident. But even if you call the police, they may not respond in every case.  

Although a police report is helpful in a claim, it is not necessary. If the injuries or property damage are minor, the police may not respond to the scene. The same goes if the accident occurred on private property, such as at someone’s house. If police resources are already stretched thin or the police’s assistance is required at more serious crimes, officers may not respond to a minor accident. 

You still want to make the call, however, because you generally are required to call the police after an accident in most cases. Even if the police do not arrive, you still may be required to report the accident. AnAtlantaauto accident lawyer can inform you if that is true in your case; in many cases, you may be advised to file a police report regardless of the severity of injuries or property damage. Injuries from an accident may not become evident until weeks later, and having a police report available can make the claim process much smoother. 

If you were involved in an injury accident but have no police report, don’t give up. An Atlantaauto accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you with your case. Call the office today at 1-404-513-5415 and ask about the free booklet 10 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Georgia Car Wreck Case.



Category: Auto Accidents

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia

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