Do I have to report every accident?
Posted by: albright on Mon, Aug 29, 2016Share this post
In the event of an accident, you may wonder if contacting the police really is necessary.Report every accident After all, if it is a minor accident it may seem more like a waste of everyone’s time over anything else. However, having an official police report is often vital, especially if you take the case to trial or you attempt to sue for any kind of injuries or damages. At Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright, we want to be your Las Vegas personal injury lawyers, which is why we are here to help walk you through reporting an accident.
Should I Report an Accident?
Yes. In almost every case you should report an accident. There is minor bumper to bumper accidents where no damage occurs, in which case it is up to you. However, due not that even in minor fender benders, damage to your vehicle may not become initially apparent until later on (such as when you go in for an oil change and the mechanics notice your frame is damaged).
Perhaps you were injured in the accident. If you were, then yes, you need to report the accident. Even if you do not initially desire to press charges or to sue for financial compensation, you need a police report. An official police report is essential in taking anyone to court over your injuries. If there is no official report, it is your word against their word. Even if you have your own witness, it is difficult to prove the case at all. Outside of having a handful of third party witnesses who have no connection with you or the person responsible for the accident, a police report is the only real way to prove the accident happened and that you were injured from the accident.
Albright, Stoddard, Warnick & Albright will be by your side and ensure that you are protected.