Many accident victims after car and truck accidents initially do not call the police to report an accident, perhaps because they do not intend to file a claim initially. However, various issues often arise that change the accident victim’s mind. These issues may include discovering that their injuries are more significant than they originally thought or after discussing them with a lawyer.
Nevertheless, having a police report is not necessary to initiate a claim. Therefore, if you would like to sue and file a claim without a police report, contact our law firm and ask to schedule a meeting with a qualified legal team member who can provide you with a free case evaluation.
Why is Having a Police Report Helpful When Filing a Claim?
A police report is a useful tool for understanding the facts and circumstances of an accident that occurred. The police report can provide insurance adjusters and attorneys with a clear view of what happened, including eyewitness testimony, a description of the accident, and other vital details.
However, if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that includes extensive property damage, a crime has taken place that caused the accident, or you have sustained injuries, it is in your best interests to call the police to file a report.
Do I Have to File a Report if the Police Do Not Come to the Scene?
Even if the police do not come to the scene of your accident, you may file a report. You should be prepared to collect as much evidence as possible such as video, photos, and other pertinent information regarding the accident. You should be ready with the day, time, location of the accident, and the other party’s driver’s license and license plate information. You may also want to include any potential witnesses’ names and contact information. To file the report, go to the nearest police station where the accident occurred.
Does the Statute of Limitations Apply if Filing a Claim Without a Police Report?
If you are considering filing a claim without a police report, you must still adhere to Indiana’s statute of limitations. The statute of limitations stipulates that personal injury victims have two years from the date of their injury to file a claim. Therefore, failure to meet the deadline will most likely result in your claim being dismissed even if you have legitimate grounds to file a lawsuit.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me if I Do Not Have a Police Report?
If you do not have a police report, our personal injury law firm may still be able to assist you with filing a claim. Our attorneys are well experienced and have a proven track record of recovering maximum compensation for our clients who have been injured in accidents.
Contact our law firm by calling 812-247-8416 and asking to schedule a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case.