Personal injury attorney in Tampa, Edward Reyes discusses what are the roles of law enforcement officers at the scene of the accident.
The reason why you want to call the officers is for documentation. They are there to hear both sides of the story. They will compare your side and the other person’s side. They will then look at the surrounding areas to see if there’s a stop sign, red light, the damages where the car has landed, and a whole bunch of different things to document the case.
You need it because even though a police report is not admissible in court, it helps a lot before you even get to court. If the law enforcement officer does not show up, the other person may change his/her story and now the insurance company that should have covered the damages of your car and your injury is not going to pay for it because their client told them that they are not at fault.
It’s a wise idea to document everything, take a lot of pictures, and make sure to call the police. This is to make sure that they have all the facts put together in a nice report. If there’s injuries, there’s got to be a long form. By doing this, it will save you months in filing lawsuit against somebody when you could’ve just spent 30-40 minutes for the law enforcement officer to show up to write the report the way it should be written.
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