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Documentation is Everything: How Accident Reports Are Used in Car Collision Cases

Have you ever had this experience? You are riding along, minding your own business and out of nowhere another car slams into you. Being involved in Orlando car accidents can be a very traumatic and scary thing. If the crash you are involved in was caused by the negligence of the other driver, then contacting a skilled Orlando car accident attorney is important.

Orlando-car-accident-case.jpgA legal professional will be able to use a variety of tools to build a case against the negligent driver. The accident report filled out by the police officer who worked the wreck you were involved in is a critical document.

Below are some of the details of what is in this document and how they can be used in a lawsuit against the negligent party for your car accident case.

A Diagram of the Accident Scene

One of the first things a police officer will do when filling out an accident report is to draw up a diagram of how the accident scene looked when they arrived. This description will include things like whether or not there were skid marks, the position of each of the vehicles and which lane the vehicles collided in. Your lawyer will be able to take these details and start building your case against the other driver.

Statements from the Witnesses

Another imperative part of the accident report are the statements the police officer takes from the witnesses of the collision. Not only will the police officers interview the people who viewed the wreck, but they will also talk with both drivers of the vehicles involved in the crash. By getting all sides of the story, the police officer filling out the report will be able to make a determination of who was at fault.

Details about the Injuries Sustained in the Wreck

The police officer will also get the names and addresses of all parties injured in the accident. The type of injuries sustained and any onsite medical treatments received will also be included in the report. With this information, your lawyer will be able to verify the type of injuries you sustained. The severity of the injuries you suffered in the car accident will play a large role in the amount of compensation you are entitled to, which is why this part of the crash report is so vital.

The Damage Done to Each of the Vehicles

The damage done to each of the vehicle involved in the wreck will also be recorded in this document. Usually, the police officer will take pictures of the damage to put in their report. If at all possible, you will need to record this type of damage on your own just to make sure you have access to it when meeting with your lawyer for the first time.

Also Read: Most Common Evidence in An Accident Case

Reach Out to an Expert Orlando Car Accident Lawyer Today

If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, then you should contact the Law Offices of Paul K. Schrier. Our no cost case evaluation will help you figure out what your next move should be after being involved in a car accident.

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