No one in Louisiana wants to be involved in a car crash. Car accidents are stressful and can result in significant injury and damages. Nevertheless, accidents occur every day. And, victims should be aware of where they can collect additional information about resources regarding the incident in which they were involved.
A mother's recent outrage reminds potential victims just how difficult it can be to collect information about the details of a car collision. A motor-vehicle accident occurred on February 3, 2013, in Louisiana. The victims were two men, who were apparently pedestrians at the time of the accident. Both have suffered significant injuries and medical expenses.
Although the accident occurred nearly two months ago, several questions remain about the details of the accident. Specifically, the mother of the two men has sought out information about the event from the local police station. She was able to get the police report for one of her sons, but it allegedly contains several errors. She claims that the police refuse to give her the other man's report. The mother is outraged by the police department's response. Her family just wants some closure: they want to know who hit the men and inform the driver of all of the damage caused.
The story reminds car accident victims that sometimes it is necessary to seek information from a third party about the accident in which they were involved. Unfortunately, this is not always easy.
One source of information is typically the police. As in the case of the two men, a local Louisiana police department usually generates a police report after a car accident. Pursuant to the law, a person involved in an accident is entitled to such a report. It is useful to request one immediately as they contain helpful information, especially if a victim is considering legal action. Although the report may not be admissible in civil litigation, it can be a bargaining tool.
Police reports contain essential information, such as the details of the accident, preliminary assessments of fault and possible witnesses. Although it may not always be easy to get the report, victims should recognize their usefulness and obtain one.
Source: KATC.com, "Mother Outraged she hasn't heard from police," Akeam Ashford, March 27, 2013