Most Seattle area drivers will be in a car accident during their driving career. Luckily, most of these car accidents are minor fender benders but occasionally a serious car accident occurs. When a serious car accident occurs, it is important to understand the importance of a police report.

What is a police report?

A police report is generally used to prove fault in a car accident. This is important in order to determine if a victim will receive compensation. A police report is created by an officer who arrives at the scene of a car accident. The police officer writes the report based on their observations about the accident scene.

The police report contains important facts

The police report about an accident gives important facts regarding many items concerning the accident. It includes the time, date, weather conditions, and the circumstances under which the serious accident took place. It can include a description of the injuries and damages, if anyone was ticketed or arrested, and the officer’s opinion of who was at fault. It also usually includes witness information. The police report captures all the information about the accident right when it happens before everyone forgets important details.

Obtaining a police report

A person can request a copy of the police report from the agency who responded to the accident. They can call the police department or sometimes request it online.

Contact a personal injury attorney

If a person has been injured in a car accident due to no fault of their own, they may want to speak with an attorney who specializes in personal injury. An attorney can help their client understand what happened that caused the accident and who is at fault. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.