Becoming a motor vehicle accident victim is one of the scariest experiences you can have in life. In addition to impacting you emotionally, a car accident can easily affect you both physically and financially as well.
Sometimes the injuries suffered in a Louisiana car crash end up being severe and life-altering. Fortunately, if you have suffered serious injuries in a traffic accident stemming from another person's negligence, it is within your rights to seek to hold him or her accountable by filing a personal injury claim in civil court. Obtaining a police report can help with this process.
Why is obtaining a police report important?
Police reports usually are not admissible in proceedings that take place in civil court. However, they can be immensely helpful when it comes to gaining leverage during negotiations related to a dispute involving a personal injury.
For instance, during informal discussions with the reportedly at-fault driver's insurance carrier or opposing counsel, you can utilize the conclusions and facts present in your accident report to support your argument concerning the circumstances of your accident, including the location, weather conditions during the accident, date and day. The report might also feature a responding police officer's observations regarding which motorist may have disobeyed Louisiana's vehicle code, thus causing the accident.
You can obtain witness information, too
A police report on your motor vehicle crash can also provide information about anybody who witnessed your accident or got to the scene not long after it took place. For instance, you can look for a witness's telephone number and name on the report and then contact this person for a statement regarding the accident scene. Sometimes witnesses' statements are actually already included on police reports.
Your rights as a car accident victim
It is within your rights to seek reimbursement of monetary damages sustained from a motor vehicle accident that resulted from another party's careless or negligent actions. A preponderance of the evidence is necessary to establish liability in civil court. Once this happens, a judge will determine claims for damages. If you are successful in your case, you might receive a financial damage award that can help you to cover your medical bills, the loss of wages if you had to miss work to recover from your injuries, and other accident-related losses.