Filing a Report After an Accident
If you are involved in an automobile accident, protect your legal rights by never admitting to wrongdoing for your actions at the scene of the accident. Admissions and apologies are unwise since you may be dazed and unable to assess the facts of the case. If you are able to do so, simply exchange drivers’ licenses, registrations, and insurance information with the other driver(s). In addition, ask the law enforcement officer on the scene if you can fill out a motor-vehicle accident report form. Be short and careful with your descriptions of what happened- just the facts you know for certain and don’t speculate. By having the facts of the accident on file, you document your version of events, as well as protect yourself in the event that a latent injury arises that you were not aware of at the time of the accident.
Insurance companies generally require an accident report to validate a claim. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact The Law Office of Riedmiller, Andersen and Scott LLC.