Tampa Bay Car Accident? Don’t Forget to Call the Police!
The role of the responding officer in a personal injury case is to report to the scene of the accident. The officer will often determine fault, write a report and issue traffic tickets if warranted. Although the police report is not normally admissible in the civil trial, the police officer can be questioned and deposed during the litigation process. If you have been in an auto accident, it is important to be respectful and polite to the police officer, even if they are trying to hand you the citation. While liability can be reconsidered during our and the insurance carrier’s investigation, the officer’s impression of your behavior cannot. Remember, the officer may one day be testifying about your case, so try to give the best impression possible.
If you do not report any injuries at the scene of the accident, the officer will notate that on the police report. If you are feeling any discomfort of any kind, it is imperative that you tell the officer and get medical treatment as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, call Personal Injury Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie at 727-501-3464 for a free consultation. You can also learn more about Attorney Lamie by visiting www.chelsielamie.com.