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A police report can play a vital role in the aftermath of your crash. However, far too often, people rely solely on this report to show that the other driver was to blame for a severe car accident. While it is often a helpful tool, know that the police report does not mandate fault and is not a determinative purpose for legal responsibility.

Below, we’ll talk about how a police report can aid in a claim, but also how it shouldn’t be the main factor in proving negligence.

How the Police Report Helps

A police report provides you with numerous benefits you should know about, including the following:

  • The police report can include statements from all parties involved
  • The police report can detail if one driver violated a law and was cited
  • The police report may include the law enforcement officer’s professional opinion

Having a lawyer allows you to utilize the police report as a portion of the evidence to compile your claim. However, the police report should only be a portion of your evidence, and there’s a good reason to have more than just this in your claim.

What Else to Have as Evidence

While you can benefit and should have a copy of the police report, other evidence can be helpful in your claim. If the police report doesn’t include all statements or the report is inaccurate, insurance companies may use this as a way to deny your claim.

Working with a lawyer gets you additional benefits, including resources such as an accident reconstructionist. This professional can investigate the scene or pictures of the scene to help show potential fault. Additional experts in the medical field or other personnel can also testify on your behalf to help your claim.

At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we work hard for you. Our North Dakota car accident attorneys will put your needs first and help you seek the compensation you need when you need it most. We’ll be your trusted allies during a difficult time.