Are Police Reports Necessary After a Motor Vehicle Accident in New Mexico?

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A car crash can be a traumatic and chaotic experience that leaves you feeling flustered and overwhelmed. In the aftermath of the accident, many people may wonder whether or not it's necessary to file a police report. But not filing a police report can hurt your chances of obtaining a successful outcome for your car accident case.

Why Is Filing a Police Report Essential After a Motor Vehicle Accident?

When you're involved in a car accident, the police report is crucial evidence that validates your story of what happened. The police officer will document the accident scene, record statements from all parties involved, and collect witness information. This information proves beneficial during the claims process to support your liability position in court. Subsequently, filing a police report may also help you get coverage from your insurance provider, saving you further headaches and financial strain.

If the police cannot respond to the accident scene, you must file a station report. A station report can be filed in person at your local police precinct.

What Information Should Be Included in Your Police Report?

The police report should include all essential details about the accident, such as the date, time, location, weather, road conditions, and the parties involved. The investigating officer will also document whether any injuries occurred and the extent of damage to the vehicles involved.

Other vital information in your case span eyewitness accounts and driver details, including their name and address, license plate, insurance policy, driver's license number, and contact information.

What Happens if You Don't File a Police Report?

In some instances, drivers may opt not to file a report or exchange information, leading the authorities to encounter an impasse during the investigation. Unfortunately, failing to file a police report can be detrimental to your pursuit of compensation if you are injured.

This could lead to issues, including dealing with the insurance companies since you'll need the other driver's information to make a claim. Insurers generally use police reports to determine who was at fault, and if it's challenging to decide on, they may deny the claim altogether.

The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

After an accident, you may be scared, frustrated, and unsure of what to do next. Having an attorney on your side is beneficial to handle all post-accident legal work on your behalf, from negotiating with the insurance providers to filing a lawsuit if necessary. To support your claim, an attorney will use police reports throughout the legal proceedings, helping you secure compensation.

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Call us today at (505) 806-1780 to schedule a free and confidential consultation with a team member and learn more about how we can help.