How Police Can Help After a Miami Car Crash
You probably already know that you should call the police when you’re in a traffic accident. But you may not know why it’s so important or what the police do for you when they arrive on the scene. There are several ways that the police can help you investigate not only violations of traffic law but also provide you and your Maimi car accident attorney with information to build your civil claim. Here’s how the police can help after a car accident.
How Do the Police Help After a Car Accident?
The police help after a car accident by acting as first responders for medical emergencies. They then investigate the cause of the crash and take witness statements. The police gather information about the crash, including the time, location, condition of the road, and weather conditions at the time of the accident.
Here Are Seven Ways that the Police Can Help After a Crash:
1. They Assist Drivers With the Exchange of Information
When you’re in an accident, you need to get the driver’s license, insurance, and vehicle information for the other driver. But when people are shaken up and emotions are running high, approaching the other driver isn’t always easy.
The police officer can make contact on your behalf. They know what questions to ask. They can act as a go-between for the drivers. If a driver isn’t cooperative, the law enforcement officer relies on their training to respond appropriately and gather the necessary information.
2. They Verify That You Provided Information
Florida law requires you to share your information with the other driver. They need to see your driver’s license and note your insurance information. When a police officer investigates your accident, they verify that you did these necessary steps. There won’t be any questions in the future about whether you complied with the law and provided your information. Also, if the other driver refuses to provide information, the police officer can note their non-cooperation.
3. They See If You Have Injuries
One of the things that you have to prove when you bring a car accident claim is that you suffered injuries in the accident. You must prove that your injuries are the result of the crash. It’s called proving causation between the accident and your injuries.
When a police officer investigates a car accident, they look for injuries. They ask you about the signs and symptoms of injuries. In the commotion that follows an accident, you may not even notice that you have symptoms of injuries. The police officer knows what to look for. When they record that you have injuries, their notation can be helpful in proving the link between the accident and the injuries. There won’t be any dispute that your injuries are the result of the crash.
4. They Gather Witness Statements
When a police officer investigates a crash, they talk to the witnesses. A trained law enforcement officer knows how to approach witnesses that are eager to discuss what they saw and witnesses that are nervous about giving a statement. The police officer knows how to take effective notes of what the witnesses say. With the police on the scene, you don’t have to go about trying to conduct an investigation on your own. The police officer isn’t working for you, but what they do on the scene can be very helpful to your case.
Statements to the police at the scene of a crash may be admissible in court.
What the witnesses say to the police may be admissible in court. Usually, what a witness says outside of court isn’t admissible in court, but there are some exceptions. In the aftermath of a crash, a witness statement may be a statement of present sense impression or an excited utterance. Something the other driver says may be admissible because it’s a statement from the defendant. With the police on hand, they can collect these statements that can be invaluable later on.
5. They Can Testify in Your Civil Trial
Although the police go to the scene of an accident to perform law enforcement functions, if you bring a claim for compensation, you can call the police officer as a witness. Juries often see police officers as credible, neutral witnesses. Usually, a police officer has experience testifying in court. Your attorney can prepare a subpoena to order the law enforcement officer to appear in court. The police officer can be a valuable witness if your case goes to trial.
6. They May Be the Only Trained Investigator at the Scene
You may end up hiring an attorney to bring a claim for financial compensation after a car accident. While it’s great if you can call your attorney to the accident scene, in most cases, you don’t have an attorney right away when the accident occurs. Likely, the police officer will be the only trained investigator at the accident scene.
The police officer may notice a nuance or a subtle piece of evidence that those involved in the crash may not think to look for. While your attorney will work to investigate the accident thoroughly, they can begin by looking at the police officer’s investigation and build on their work.
7. They Record the Exact Location, Date and Time of the Crash
There are basic details about the crash that are very important. The law enforcement officer establishes the location, date, and time of the accident. They note the weather conditions at the time of the crash and the conditions of the road. Having these basic things established can prevent questions and confusion later on. When you have a few basic elements established, you can work towards proving the other essential details of the case.
How Our Miami Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
Have you been in an accident? Do you have questions about the legal process? Are you wondering how the police can help you build your case? Our attorneys can help.
At Bernstein & Maryanoff, we have experience helping thousands of car accident victims. We can help you take the necessary steps to build on the law enforcement officer’s investigation and prepare your claim for compensation. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our team.