Accident Victims Suffering Due to Police Report Backlog

Portland accident victims are having a tough time after suffering injuries due to pedestrian and vehicle accidents due to reports being backlogged. A victim who was struck by a hit-and-run driver back in September still has not been able to pursue insurance funds due to the lack of a police report. He sustained injuries to his wrist and left side after a car struck him while he was riding in the bike lane. He reported that the driver drug him for a little while before stopping and giving the victim a hug and ran off. Witnesses were able to report the license plate number, but the victim hasn’t been able to even contact the insurance company of the driver to pay for his mounting medical bills.

You might ask what is a police report and what can it do for me if I’m in an accident? A police report is written by the responding officer at the scene of the accident. This is a summary of the accident that also includes the date, location and time of the accident. Witness statements, a diagram of the accident, information of each party involved in the accident and damage locations are also just a few other topics covered in a police report. Insurance companies will conduct their own investigations once a claim is reported and they will also request the report. Often it will not be available for a couple of weeks after the officer completes the report and it is recorded. If you are involved in an accident, it is always wise to contact a personal injury attorney. An attorney will determine if you have grounds to pursue legal action due to your accident.

The St. Louis office of Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, offers over a century worth of experience to those who have suffered from an accident. We understand that injuries are stressful but paying your medical bills doesn’t have to be. Our team works diligently to pursue the care and compensation you deserve. Contact our downtown office for a free initial consultation and let us help you today.

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