Police reports can prove extremely useful in providing evidence of fault. An officer’s report typically includes eyewitness statements. The report can contain key observations such as skid marks, the position of the vehicles, weather conditions, time and location of the accident, and other critical details. All these details can also be used by an insurance company to determine fault.
Although the police report does carry merit and could expedite a claim, it is possible to prove fault without one. The reason for this is that although police reports can expedite a claim, unless the officer in question was an eyewitness to the accident, their opinion is typically inadmissible in court.
Proving Fault Without a Police Report
If a police officer doesn’t come to the scene, you can file a report yourself. Before doing so, ensure that you have collected as much information as possible about the incident.
- photos and videos showing details of the accident site and vehicles involved,
- the other driver’s information (identification, contact information, and insurance details),
- any reports from eyewitnesses and their contact information,
- additional detailed information of the accident including the time, location, weather conditions, surroundings, and anything else you think is relevant,
- any medical reports that were filed after the accident.
Without a police report, you will need strong evidence to build your case. You can file an insurance claim without a police report, but the claim process may take longer.
In Connecticut, Do I Have to Report A Car Accident to the Police?
Yes. In the state of Connecticut, it is necessary to report an accident to the police even when there is only minor property damage. In the case where the damage amounts to over $1,000, the accident needs to be reported within 5 days of the incident’s occurrence.
When filing a car accident claim, with or without a police report, you need to file the claim within a certain limit, known as the statute of limitations. In addition, there may be certain notices that must be filed before the statute of limitations.
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