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In the unlikely situation that you need to file a police report, you need to be sure you are as prepared as you can be. Although it can be an incredibly unpleasant situation, being prepared will help you stay calm and ensure you go through the process as quickly as you possibly can.
With that in mind, here is a guide on what to do if you need to get a police accident report:
- Make Sure You Contact The Police Straight Away
The first thing you need to do if you need to get a police report is to contact the police right away. If you don’t, you will be asked why you didn’t do this when you’re attending your interview at the station as it can be seen as a way of tampering with evidence. During your phone call, you need to ensure you’re giving as many details as you can about the situation you are in. Although it may be difficult, try not to panic at this stage.
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- Take Photos If Possible
If the situation you’re in has physical evidence, you need to ensure you’re taking as many pictures as you possibly can. Not only will it help when they’re compiling your report, but it may help when it comes to their investigation following the event.
- Ensure You’re Writing Down As Many Details As You Can About The Accident
Although it may not be the first thing on your mind after the incident has happened, you need to ensure you’re writing down as many details as you can. Talking to the police can be incredibly intimidating and if you’re feeling nervous, you may find that you forget key details. The best way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to write down as much as you can about the incident, handing those details over to the office as soon as you arrive at the station. For details about what you should be included, you can visit this site about how to get a accident report here.
- Hire a Lawyer
You’re going to need a car accident lawyer. Even if you discuss everything with the police and even the person you’ve had the accident with on the road, you’ll still need to get a lawyer. It’s bleak, but you can’t take everything at face value with the other party, and on top of that, your insurance (or theirs) may not come through or cover something like it’s supposed to. It’s far from ideal, but this, unfortunately, happens. You don’t have to be injured in order to hire a lawyer; they’re going to be there to help you and get things done that you would not have been able to do alone.
- Take Someone With You For Support
If you’re feeling nervous about the whole situation, you may want to consider taking someone with you to offer support. Even if they were not there when the accident occurred, they will be allowed to join you throughout the interview process.
The most important thing to remember is that the officers are there to help and they may come across as stern as they’re just trying to do their jobs.
- Give Them As Much Detail As You Possibly Can
Finally, you need to ensure you’re giving the officers as much detail as you possibly can. Give them any notes you have taken and any photographs you have, helping them build the best case they possibly can. Everything you give them will be used in the police report, meaning the more information they have the better.
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