The Importance of an Accident Report for an Injury Claim

The most important piece of documentation you will need to get after an accident is the accident report.

The accident report, sometimes called the accident exchange form, is filed by the responding law enforcement agency.

Key Details Covered in the Accident Report for Your Injury Claim

The report will describe what happened and who was involved. It will also include information on vehicle positions after the accident and where the damages were on the vehicle. It will also list contact information and any insurance information for the parties involved.

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The report should have statements from each driver, along with statements from any potential witnesses.

In addition, it will also assign liability and notate if any citations were given as a result of the investigation.

The insurance company will require a copy of the report to help determine who was at fault and be held liable for the accident.

No payment will be made to the auto repair shop or any medical provider until the liability is determined.

As the official record, this report will provide the foundation for your claim. If the insurance company denies liability despite the accident report stating otherwise, it is important to promptly contact an attorney.

An attorney can help you establish who was liable, building upon the evidence provided in the report.

Never let an insurance company get away with denying liability if you genuinely believe that the other party is at fault.

Author Bio

Tim Miley is the Founder of Miley Legal Accident Injury Lawyers, a West Virginia personal injury law firm he formed in 2006. With more than 30 years of experience in personal injury law, he is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, brain injuries, wrongful death, and other personal injury matters.

Tim received his Juris Doctor from Duquesne University and is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and the Harrison County Bar Association. He has helped his clients win more than $10 million in personal injury verdicts and settlements and has further served the people of West Virginia by filling legislative roles in the state’s government since 2004.

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