California requires a report to be filed after any car accident that causes death, injury, or $750 or more in property damage. In these situations, it’s also wise to call the police to the scene so they can make a report.

A police report is one of the strongest pieces of evidence in a car accident settlement or claim, especially if it clearly establishes that the other driver was at fault for your injuries and losses. Obtaining a copy of this report is vital. Here’s how to do so.

Contact the Police Station

If you have the police officer’s business card, you can contact him or her directly using the number on the card. If you do not have the officer’s contact information, call the police station and ask to speak to the officer or to the person in charge of handling police reports.

Identify Yourself

Tell the officer who you are and provide a few details about the accident, including the date, time, and location, to help him or her in order for them to remember the situation. The officer may be able to send you a copy of the police report or will be able to tell you where to go to obtain one. You may have to go to the police station or courthouse to pick up a copy.

Try Alternative Sources

If you cannot get a copy of the police report from the station or courts, you can talk to your insurance company to see if they have a copy they will send to you. The local DMV office may also have a copy on file.

Talk to an Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident, an experienced California car accident lawyer can help you obtain a copy of your police report. Your lawyer can also help you negotiate with insurance companies, gather evidence to help establish your claim, and fight for the full and fair compensation you need. Contact The Paris Firm today at 909.551.4040 to learn more.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.