Nearly 30% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States are caused by drunk drivers. Law enforcement agencies around the country are hard at work to stop intoxicated motorists before they cause another devastating car accident. At the least, they try to respond immediately to reports of crashes to arrest the drunk driver, bring them into custody, and file charges.
If you were hit by a drunk driver and the police managed to arrest them, then the report the police created is something that should interest you. When you are seeking compensation from the drunk driver through a personal injury claim, supporting your argument with evidence is crucial. The information jotted down by responding officers is often extremely useful in proving you should not be found at all liable for the accident.
In a police report, the following information might be recorded by an officer:
- Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of drunk driver
- Approximate speed of the driver immediately before crash
- If the drunk driver disobeyed traffic laws, like running a red light
- Injuries and damage suffered by all parties
Keep in mind that someone being charged for the crime of driving under the influence (DUI) is not the same as them being held accountable for the damages they caused. They might be convicted without any doubt for their crime, but this still does not mean you are guaranteed a recovery from them. The criminal justice system and civil courts are separate. If you want compensation and justice, then you have to file your claim yourself.
This is where Habbas & Associates and our San Jose car accident attorneys can step in and provide unmatched legal representation. We have been there for the people of the Bay Area for years, assisting our clients with a variety of car accident cases. Our experience allows us to easily pinpoint and prove liability in claims, utilizing key evidence like police reports.
Find out more about our services and your legal options today by calling (888) 387-4053 and asking for a free initial case evaluation with our team.