If you are involved in a collision, you might agree with the suggestion of the negligent driver for not contacting the police. You may think you have received only minor injuries, which is not true in most cases. So how will you claim insurance compensation if you do not have a police report? If you have no idea how to retrieve compensation without a police report, contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer.
How can your car accident claim get affected if you do not have a police report?
After an accident, it is not easy to realize you were injured or think it is minor, and later you get to know it is significant. If you do not have a police report, you can still sue the responsible party for your injuries, but getting the insurance company to reach an agreement will be troublesome.
The common defense techniques of an insurer to pay you less than you are entitled to:
- The car crash never occurred.
- You were fully or partially involved in the accident
- A different incident caused the injuries
- If you were indeed injured, then you would have contacted the police.
Other Evidence You can utilize in Support of What You Say
To be eligible for the compensation you owe, you must show that the other driver’s negligence contributed to the crash. A police report may include significant information about the collision, the statements of other motorists, and the officer’s opinion on who was responsible.
If you lack a police report, your case is not always over. You may gather further evidence to show how your crash occurred. Even with a police report, you still need this proof. The following are the types of proof you must gather:
- Statements of passengers
If you had passengers in your car, they could be able to explain how the other driver was responsible for the accident. Remember that they can be considered biased eyewitnesses, especially if they also file injury claims.
- Eyewitness statements
If the witness is unaware of you and has no stake in your case, their statement can be significant. After the crash, get in touch with them as soon as possible so they continue to recall every detail of what occurred.
Pictures of the damage to the vehicles affected in the collision, the location of the crash, and your injuries can be strong pieces of evidence to provide to the insurance provider and jury.