It’s always a good idea to have a police report after an accident, but many drivers don’t realize it’s actually a requirement for most Missouri car crashes. But which crashes do you have to report, and what’s the benefit of this document? Let’s find out.
When Are You Required to Report a Car Crash
Each state handles police reports for car crashes differently. Some require documentation for most crashes, others only for the most serious wrecks. In Missouri, the majority of car crashes are required to have police documentation. More specifically, you must have a police report if:
- Anyone is injured or killed in the crash
- There is more than $500 in property damage
- The accident involves an uninsured driver
If you don’t call police directly from the scene or if you call them and an officer never arrives to file a report, don’t panic. In Missouri, you have 30 days from the date of the crash to file a police report.
If the police don’t come, you can go to your nearest precinct and file a report in person. If any of the above criteria were met, make sure you get a report as soon as possible.
Why You Should Report a Car Crash
When you have a police report, you have proof of where the crash happened and who was involved. This creates a link demonstrating that your damages and injuries were the direct result of the accident. Additionally, a report verifies that the other driver’s information is accurate, and statements from witnesses could provide important clues to help determine who was at fault.
Because a police report is so valuable, it’s usually the first thing your car accident attorney will ask for during your consultation. So, while you aren’t always required to have a police report, it’s always a good idea to have one before starting your case.
To schedule a free case consultation with an experienced St. Louis car accident attorney from The Dixon Injury Firm, don’t hesitate to send us an email or call (314) 208-2808.