Filing a Police Report After a Car Accident – 4 Pieces of Information That Should be Included
A police report can benefit victims following a personal injury.
A police report is written at the scene of a car accident by an officer who arrives at the incident. The police can be an objective third party voice to help with details of the accident.
A police report usually contains information about a car accident, including:
- Details about any vehicles involved, ranging from make and model to the damage
- Statements from both drivers, any passengers, as well as witnesses to the accident
- Specifications about the area surrounding the accident
- Info about those involved in the accident
A police report may also contain information like:
- Driver’s license details
- Registration of the vehicle
- Car insurance information
- License plate number
Obtaining a copy of the police report usually depends where the accident took place.
In Los Angeles, more information about obtaining a police report can be found at the LAPD Website.
In the city of Burbank, you can submit a request on the city’s website.
Based on information from both cities’ websites, you may have to mail your request for a police report, but an email request could be acceptable in Burbank.
There’s an average of over 21,000 serious car accidents per year in Los Angeles. There are numerous accidents in other parts of LA County, including cities like:
- Long Beach
- Santa Clarita
Whether you were rear ended at a redlight on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City or T-boned on the 134 in Burbank, a car accident can be debilitating to drivers.
Some of the most common injuries that can occur after a car accident can include:
- Broken, fractured or cracked bones
- Scarring or mutilation
- Cuts and gashes
- Spinal cord injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Pain and suffering
After you get into an automobile accident, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself:
- Do not exit the vehicle until property authorities have arrived at the scene. Safety is key.
- If it’s safe to do so, take photos and videos of the accident. Get shots of damage to your vehicle and any other vehicles involved, as well as traffic lights or signs.
- Get the other driver’s information, including their name, phone number, drivers license, registration, and plate number. It’s good to have even though it should also be on a police report.
- Contact a Los Angeles car accident attorney about your crash.
If you were injured in a Los Angeles car accident, the LA attorneys at C&B Law Group are here to help.
We have over 3,000 settled. We believe you shouldn’t have to suffer following a personal injury in a car accident.
In addition to a police report, we will build a claim for you based on evidence if it’s available, such as:
- Surveillance footage
- Medical records
- Witness reports
- Work records (after time missed due to injuries)
- Journals/logs of your recovery process
- Photos or videos you took on your phone
A police report is only one of the first steps following an accident. Even with a report, it’s not a rarity for the other driver’s insurance to reject a claim.
The insurance company might argue that the police report is just that officer’s opinion, and that the information provided is not factual.
If this is the case, an attorney can help you navigate the muddy waters of dealing with another insurance company. Your lawyer at C&B Law Group is on your team.
Our team at C&B Law Group believes in honest and open communication. We will not hold back information from you, and we vow to do our best to ease the process of a personal injury case following a car accident.
We have professional, punctual, and supportive staff to assist you along the way.
Contact an LA accident lawyer about your personal injury and start your free consultation