Filing an accident report is necessary after a car accident. But, not everybody knows how to file a police report. The police report will have unbiased information that is important for insurance companies and potential lawsuits.
If you are at the scene of an accident, call the police. The officer will make the report after observing the collision. When they question you about the event, give them as much information as possible. The police officer will:
- Take down basic information and both accounts of the accident
- Make sure the scene is safe for traffic and everyone involved
- Call emergency responders, if needed
- Take down the contact information for witnesses
- Assess the damage to both vehicles
- Note any injuries to drivers and passengers, if any
The officer’s name will also be on the police report if you ever need to contact them again.
An officer may not come to the scene of a car accident if there are no injuries. Or, if the damaged property value is small. If this happens, make sure to document the accident in detail. You may take this information to the local police station and file your own report.
A copy of the police report is available within a few days. After that, it’s important to give a copy to your car insurance company.
Lastly, we have a short, detailed video on our YouTube page which addresses the key steps to follow after an accident. However, if you still have questions, our team is happy to take your call (888-949-6289). You can also visit one of our many Illinois offices in-person instead.