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Which Car Accidents Need to be Reported?

Male police officer speaks with a young woman who has just been involved in a car accident

It’s never pleasant being involved in a car accident. There are several steps you’ll need to take in order to properly handle the situation.

One of those steps is reporting the accident to the police. Keep reading to learn which car accidents need to be reported to the authorities.

Wrecks That Warrant a Police Report

You may think that a minor car accident doesn’t warrant a police report. That’s not actually the case.

No matter how minor an accident may be, it’s always wise to have the authorities come and make a police report.

Having a Police Report is Beneficial

Having a police report can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim. When insurance companies make a decision regarding how much to pay out for a claim, they will use the police report as an aid.

You Car May Not Seem Badly Damaged

It may appear that your car isn’t badly damaged at first glance, but a trip to the mechanic may prove otherwise. Having a police report will provide supporting evidence for your case, which can make it easier to recover compensation if you find out later that your car is more damaged than you initially thought.

The Police Should Be Unbiased

The police report provides an unbiased third-party account of the accident. This can be more effective as evidence than what seems to be hearsay or the retelling of the story from your perspective or that of the other driver.

Information Included in the Report

When the police make an accident report, they will include the following information:

  • Where the accident occurred
  • Date and time of the incident
  • Damages to the involved vehicles
  • Injuries endured by drivers, passengers, and/or witnesses
  • Statements of witnesses and/or other drivers

Obtaining this evidence to support your claim can significantly increase your chances of a successful outcome.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorney, Patrick D. Witherington, here at Witherington Injury Law is highly skilled in the area of car accident personal injury law and has helped many other people in similar situations achieve justice. Let our team see if we can help you, too. Don’t wait—contact our office with your case right away.

Call our experienced Nashville team at Witherington Injury Law today at (615) 697-6503 for a free consultation.

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