When police respond to the scene of any crime or accident, including car accidents, truck accidents or motorcycle accidents, they write up a detailed report regarding when and likely how the incident occurred, as well as whether anyone was injured or killed as a result of the accident. In personal injury lawsuits, although police reports may not be able to be used as direct evidence for a case, they can be extremely helpful on a number of levels, including by providing:
- Details regarding the specific circumstances associated with the accident: In addition to providing the exact date, time and location of the accident, police reports will contain inform regarding any weather conditions that may have played a role in the accident.
- An initial determination of who was most likely to be at fault in the accident: For example, police reports can detail whether one party was violating traffic laws, had been driving drunk or was otherwise behaving negligently or recklessly immediately prior to the accident.
- A list of witnesses and their contact information: This can be huge in building a personal injury lawsuit, as obtaining first-hand witness statements regarding who was at fault is strong evidence that provide your attorney with a significant amount of leverage necessary to securing a personal injury settlement in your case.
If you were involved in any type of vehicle accident and you are looking to obtain a police report as part of an initial start to building a personal injury lawsuit, contact the law enforcement agency that responded to the scene of the accident and request a copy of the police report (you are legally entitled to do so). While you may be required to pay for some copying costs, you will be able to either pick up your copy from the station or request to have it mailed to your preferred mailing address. Additionally, should you secure the esteemed services of the Denver personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Mike Hulen, PC, you can rest assured that we will obtain police reports on your behalf in order to mount the strongest possible case for you.