If you’ve been in a car accident in Missouri, you might be wondering what your first course of action should be. It may seem unnecessary to contact the police if the crash seems fairly minor– especially if you’re not seriously injured. You should always call the police if a car accident happens and request that they make a report, however. Doing so is the best way to ensure everyone gets the medical care they need and that you’re protected legally.
You should never think about leaving the scene of an accident. You or the other driver can be cited for leaving the scene of an accident without notifying the police. Also, your own insurance company may have specific provisions that require you to make a police report. This is particularly true if the other driver fled the scene. If you have to make a claim with your own insurance through underinsurance, most policies require you to make a police report immediately! Additionally, one of the first things we are asked for by the other side’s insurance company is a copy of a police report.
When your police report is ready, carefully go over it and make sure that everything is accurate. Make sure to call the officer and/or the police station if you have any concerns or questions about what is on the police report. Even though there are specific rules that do not allow police reports to come into evidence in car accident trials in Missouri, police reports are extremely helpful in investigating your case early on and in negotiations with the other side’s insurance company. So, carefully check to make sure the police report has the correct witness statements, and correct information about the wreck.
If you believe something has been left out or is incorrect, contact the officer immediately. You may also want to document your concerns in writing to the police officer and keep a copy of that document for yourself.
Police reports are very important in car accident cases and it’s extremely important that the reports are accurate. Police officers are human and make mistakes. However, those mistakes won’t get corrected unless you obtain a copy of your police report and view it carefully. Our firm will gladly speak to you about your police report during your free consult and answer any questions that you might have. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about a Missouri car accident you were involved in.