Last Updated on August 10, 2021 by Theodore Spaulding
In this video, attorney Ted Spaulding answers the question of if you need a police report to file a car accident claim. Watch below to learn his tips.
Can you file a claim after a car accident without a police report?
Hi, I am Ted Spaulding. I’m an Atlanta personal injury trial lawyer, and I’m the founder here at Spaulding Injury Law. So the answer to this question is, yes, absolutely you can. But you don’t want to do it that way. You need to call the police out to the scene so they can do a full investigation and determine who’s at fault and have a police report that shows that. That is the best evidence of fault going forward to help you with your claim.
It doesn’t mean that you’re stuck but it certainly is going to make it more difficult. You’re going to need to have witnesses. You’re going to need to get lucky and hope that the at-fault party does not lie to their insurance company and say, “Oh, no, I wasn’t at fault. The other person was.” Then you’ve got a he said, she said, and it makes it obviously much more difficult because we’re having to try to determine who’s more believable than the other, what does maybe the evidence of the crumple damage and those sorts of things say. Oftentimes there are not witnesses that stick around so that’s very difficult. So get a police report. Yes, you can file a claim, but you want to have a police report.
I hope this answers your question. If you have any further questions or if you have a claim that you would like to see if our firm can handle, feel free to reach out to me and respond to this video below. Go to my website spauldinginjurylaw.com or give me a phone call. Two phone numbers for you, 770-744-0890 or 470-695-9950.
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For over 15 years, Mr. Spaulding has helped victims of negligence across the state of Georgia resolve personal injury disputes, and he’s received a remarkable number of awards and honors from the legal community recognizing his commitment to clients and to the metro-Atlanta area.
As an undergraduate, Mr. Spaulding belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa honors fraternity at the University of Georgia, and he obtained his legal training at the Georgia State College of Law, where he clerked for the Honorable Judge Rowland Barnes of the Fulton County Superior Court. Mr. Spaulding has also worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Atlanta Enforcement Division. Since 2005, he has dedicated his career to helping the injured victims of negligence and their loved ones win justice in Georgia’s personal injury courts.