In Florida, a police report is not always required, which means you can usually file a claim for financial recovery from the at-fault driver without one. As an attorney will tell you though, filing a police report may support your claim by serving as evidence.
Were you involved in a car accident but did not file a police report? If you want to know if you can still file a car accident claim, then you may benefit from speaking to an attorney in your area.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 747-3733
Florida Law May Require a Police Report in Your Circumstances
While you may be able to file a car accident claim without a police report, and a minor car accident does not legally require one, some situations make written reports of crashes mandatory. If a car involved in the accident was so damaged that it had to be towed from the scene, a police report is mandatory. The law also requires the filing of a police report in ten days or sooner if the accident:
- Resulted in injuries or death
- Caused more than $500 in damages
- Blocked traffic
- Was due to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Your attorney can explain any additional circumstances that may also require you to file a police report, as well as the importance of documenting your accident even if the law does not require you to do so.
Filing a Complete Police Report May Support Your Case
You are allowed to file a car accident claim without a police report, but one might be required under certain circumstances. When a police report is required, it must contain specific information which includes:
- The date and time the accident occurred
- Details of all involved vehicles
- Name and contact info of all involved drivers, passengers, and any witnesses
- Name and badge number of police at the scene
- Insurance information for both drivers
When you are the victim of a car accident, you should consider completing a police report even if the accident does not legally require one.
Call a Hit and Run Lawyer Today
In Florida, you are legally required to file a police report only under specific circumstances. If a car accident appeared to be minor, or if you were removed by medical personnel before you could complete a police report, an attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options.
If you or a family member was involved in a car accident but failed to file a police report, contact a lawyer today. When you are ready to hold the liable party or parties responsible and file a car accident claim with or without a police report, contact the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at 1-800-747-3733. You may have a limited time to act under the statute of limitations imposed by Florida law.