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Fast Facts: Accident Reports
The following are some Fast Facts about Accident Police Reports and the state law called the Florida Traffic Accident Report Privilege, brought to you by Florida Personal Injury Lawyer, Mark J. Leeds – call Mark now for a Free Legal Consultation.
You were in a serious auto accident. The police, sheriff or Florida highway patrol probably came. It is generally not a good idea to exchange information and not to call the police.
If the police arrived at the accident scene, then the police officer will usually prepare one document at the scene, a very simple basic accident exchange of information, which contains what you already probably know it includes – the names of the people involved in the accident, contact details and insurance information.
Then, about a week to ten days later in most instances that same police officer may have taken his notes and put them into an official and longer police report. Usually thus larger more detailed report, which we call the “long form police report” has a lot more information, such as: the lighting conditions; roadway and weather conditions; and posted speed limit, among other important details.
Simply filing a lawsuit, even a well written one, against the proper parties and in a timely manner is not even a beginning!
It still needs to be served upon the Defendants. This “service of process” is technical, and can involve a variety of different ways to notify the companies or people named as Defendants in the lawsuit.
The methods may vary, not only depending upon the facts of your personal injury accident, but also may change depend on where the accident happened, or where the other parties reside. If you were injured in a Florida car accident -or a Florida slip and fall, why your injury happened can make a difference in how you are able to notify the Defendants and get them to file a response to the lawsuit.
— The positions of the cars upon the arrival of the police.
— Photographs of the scene or cars taken by the police; this rarely happens.
— Notes of the areas of damage observed by the police, for each car.
— Whether either or both drivers or their passengers complained of injuries.
— Visible injuries may be noted.
— If anyone was transported to a Hospital.
— If a driver or automobile passenger was treated by fire-rescue at the scene.
— If the accident victim refused medical attention at the scene.
Yes, it is true that the long form report may include statements made to the law enforcement officer by you or the other driver or passengers, and also who got a ticket or traffic citation – but these last two, statements and citations, are treated very oddly in an accident injury lawsuit.
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