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What You Should Know About Filing a Police Report After a Car Accident

There are many steps that car accident victims must take after a collision to ensure legal compliance and the success of their claim. One of these steps is the completion of a police report. It is important to know when filing a police report is necessary, how police reports are filed, and the information that is included in a car accident police report.

Is Filing a Police Report Always Necessary After a Car Accident?

It’s possible that you may not need to file a police report after a car accident. In Michigan, police reports must be filed for any accident that results in injury or death, or if property damage and expenses are greater than $999. If you are planning on filing a claim for your car accident damages, it is likely that a police report must be filed.

Do I Need to File the Police Report Myself?

In general, police will respond to the scene of a car accident and will file a report. You may also be contacted by your local police department after a collision to provide information to include in a report.

However, if the police did not respond to your collision or if you are unsure about whether they filed a report, it may be best to file a report yourself. Filing a report on your own can also be used to establish your side of the story, which can help with your claim.

What is Included in a Car Accident Police Report?

A car accident police report will include general contact information about each person who was involved in the collision (including witnesses), as well as details about the incident.

The police may ask about how your accident happened, the events that occurred during and after the accident, and the injuries you sustained. They will collect information on the damage that happened to your car. They may take photographs of your vehicle propionat and the accident scene to include in the report. Depending on the details of your case, other information may be included.

Contact Goodman Acker P.C. today if you were injured in a car accident. We are available to answer any questions you may have about your collision case and help you get started on your claim.

To schedule a free consultation with our attorneys, complete our contact form or call (248) 793-2010.

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