After a car accident, Santa Clarita lawyer Robert Mansour discusses why it's almost always a good idea to get a police report. If there are no injuries, most officers will decline to come to the scene. Parties are encouraged instead to "exchange information."
However, even if you think you might be injured, it's a good idea to ask for the police so you can get a report. The report is helpful because it documents the event. The responsible party is less likely to change their story later on if they know it's been documented on a police report. Also, witness statements are preserved. If you complained of any injury from the accident, your injuries will be documented in the report, therefore bolstering your credibility when you are later complaining of injuries from the accident. In other words, if there is mention in the police report of injury, it is more likely you were truly injured and not just claiming injury to sustain your personal injury claim. Also, some insurance companies and some drivers have been known to completely deny being involved in an accident. This is easier to do when there are no witnesses and no police report. Call (661) 414-7100 for help with your personal injury case.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.