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How a Police Report Can Affect Your Ability to Make a Claim

How a Police Report Can Affect Your Ability to Make a Claim

How a Police Report Can Affect Your Ability to Make a ClaimFollowing a motor vehicle accident (car accident, motorcycle accident, semi-truck accident), you want to call the police so an official police report can be made. Two types of reports will be made. The first is the official police report created by an officer investigating the accident. The second is an unofficial report created by one or more parties following the accident.

The following are some things you need to know about accident investigations and how a police report can affect your ability to make a claim

Police Accident Investigation

When an accident involves reported injuries or fatalities, is blocking traffic, a driver is intoxicated or drivers are disruptive or fighting, a police officer is typically dispatched to the accident scene. A police officer is trained in vehicle accident investigation. Once they have secured the accident scene, an officer will investigate and determine the cause. Typically, the police officer will use a worksheet at the scene of the accident taking down information and then later prepare and official police report.

The information a police officer will typically gather at an accident scene is as follows:

  • The date, time, and location of the accident.
  • Personal identification and statements from drivers, passengers, and witnesses.
  • Descriptions of injuries suffered by drivers or passengers.
  • Vehicle descriptions including the make, model, year and color.
  • Roadway conditions at the time of the accident.
  • Property damages to the vehicles.
  • Any factors that may have contributed to the accident such as speeding, non-working brake lights or turn signals, etc.
  • The officer may also take photos of the scene and damage to vehicles.

If the officer suspects alcohol or drugs may have contributed to the accident, a field sobriety test will be conducted. Anyone found driving under the influence could also be arrested or issue a ticket.

After clearing the accident scene, the police officer may follow up at the hospital to report any critical injuries sustained by the drivers or passengers. Once this is complete, the officer will follow-up at the station and workup the official police report.

How a Police Report Can Affect Your Ability to Make a Claim

Once you file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company, a claims adjuster will begin collecting statements from you, their insured, the passengers, and any witnesses. To avoid having to deal with the insurance company, it is best to hire an experienced car accident attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm. Our experienced attorneys will handle all communications with the insurance company, taking a major burden and stress off of you.

Occasionally, after an investigation done by the claim’s adjuster, something may show up that was missed by the police officer. However, typically the insurance adjuster relies on the police report to determine fault.

Police reports are very crucial to your personal injury claim. Unlike the insurance adjuster, the officer was physically present following the accident. The officer is also trained to provide a reliable and fair evaluation of the accident and its causes. If the claims adjuster disagrees with an officer’s assessment, the case may end up in court. However, most juries will take the officer’s opinion over the insurance adjusters. A police officer’s testimony has automatic credibility with a jury.

If the Police Report Finds You at Fault

If the officer finds you at fault, the other driver’s insurance company will not accept liability for their insured. That means your injury claim will be denied. An officer can make a mistake on the police report. These mistakes can be fixed but if it is changing the opinion of who is at fault in the crash it is much more difficult than changing something such as a name spelling or address on a police report. It would be best to hire an experienced car accident attorney. However, it may be difficult to find an attorney who will take your case.

Even when you insist the accident was not your fault, your insurance will likely go ahead and pay claims made by the other driver. If your insurance company accepts liability on your behalf, it makes your claim against the other driver that much harder to prove.

If the Officer Does Not Assign Fault

Sometimes a police officer does not assign fault for the car accident such as when bad weather, road conditions, or some other factor intervened. When a police officer does not assign fault, you still may have case. You’ll need to have evidence that either contradicts the officer’s assessment or supplements and clarifies it.

Car Accident Attorneys and Auto Accident Lawyers in Spokane, WA

Don’t wait to call a Spokane car accident lawyer, call now. We can take the stress out of a claim and we’ll fight to get you full value for your car accident injuries working on your case. Call (509) 482-7274 to speak with an experienced Spokane car accident lawyer during a free consultation. The clients of Parke Gordon Law Firm love us and we think you will too.

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Recovering from a Bicycle Accident

Recovering from a Bicycle Accident

Recovering from a Bicycle AccidentWhen a bicycle accident occurs, it can be difficult for the injured victim to know how to recover from the bicycle accident. The experienced and knowledgeable bicycle accident attorneys at Parke Gordon Law have decades of experience fighting for their clients and obtaining a fair compensation in their behalf. Our attorneys will answer all your questions during a free consultation over the phone or in person. If a negligent driver has injured you in a bicycle accident, we will aggressively fight to defend your legal rights. The following are five things to do to recover from a bicycle accident.

Seek Medical Treatment

The most important thing an injured victim can do following a bicycle accident is to obtain medical treatment. Medical attention right after the accident as well as throughout the recovery process is essential. Emergency medical attention should be accessed as needed. This could be calling 911 and being transported by an ambulance, or it could be a simple visit to an urgent care facility. If symptoms are not immediately noticeable or worsen over time, the accident victim should consult with their primary care provider to make sure there will not be lasting complications from the bicycle accident. Some injuries can present themselves weeks after the accident. Such injuries should be addressed and treated as needed.

Report the Crash

Even if the accident seems minor, call the police to the scene of the accident so a police report is created. This is important to your bicycle accident case. The officer will most likely take statements from everyone involved as well as any witnesses. Give the police a statement of your version of what happened. Be sure to ask the officer how you can obtain a copy of the police report once it is completed.

Document the Accident

Take photos, video and audio recordings of the accident to be used as documentation. These can often be used as tangible evidence for a personal injury claim. Carefully document the accident itself, and any symptoms or property damages incurred from the accident. Over time bruises, scars, and cuts change. It is also helpful to your case to photograph injures over time.

If you have had to miss time from work as a result of the accident, document how much time you’ve missed and any lost wages. A personal injury attorney can help you determine compensation for such losses.

Contact a Bike Accident Lawyer

Once you are able, contact an experienced bicycle accident attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm. By contacting a personal injury attorney right after an accident, the injured victim can ensure that their right to compensation is secured. This will relieve the stress of paying for medical treatment and allow the injured victim to focus on their recovery. Insurance companies often contact victims after an accident to obtain a recorded statement. Avoid giving one until talking to an attorney. The insurance company will often use the recorded statement against you. An experienced bicycle accident attorney will talk to the insurance company in your behalf and make sure your rights are not compromised.

Avoid Discussing the Accident on Social Media

Though it may seem tempting to announce your accident on social media, don’t. Doing so could possibly compromise your personal injury claim. Any pictures or statements you post on social media can be used by the insurance company to decrease the value of your claim. It is best to refrain from posting any information about the accident or your recovery until your claim has been settled or resolved at trial.

Contact a Spokane Bicycle Accident Attorney for a Free Consultation

Contact the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane for a free consultation. Our Spokane law firm is on your side and will fight for your rights. Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane believes every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. The trusted attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Call our Spokane law office today at (509) 482-7274 to get started on your case.

 

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Tips for Speaking to an Insurance Adjustor to Protect Your Injury Claim

Tips for Speaking to an Insurance Adjustor to Protect Your Injury Claim

Tips for Speaking to an Insurance Adjustor to Protect Your Injury ClaimWithin hours after an injury accident, such as a car accident, motorcycle accident, semi truck accident or other injury accident, an insurance adjuster or other representative of the other party involved will call. What you say during this call could greatly hurt your personal injury claim. The following are some tips for speaking to an insurance adjustor to protect your injury claim.

Stay Polite and Calm

You may be angry and upset about the accident and your injuries. However, it is important that you remain polite and calm while on the phone with an insurance adjuster or other representatives of the other party. Taking out your anger on the insurance adjuster won’t help you get a fair injury settlement. It is always best to keep your cool and stay professional.

Gather the Identity of Who You Speak With

Before you discuss anything, get the name, address, and phone number of the person you are speaking with. You will also need to get the name of the insurance company he or she is with, and the name of the person the company represents (the “insured”).

Only Give Limited Personal Information

The insurance adjuster should only need your full name, address, and phone number. You could tell them where you work and what type of work you do. However, you need not explain or discuss anything further about your work, your schedule, or your income.

Do Not Share Details of the Accident

An insurance adjuster or other representatives may ask you to “give a statement” about how the accident happened. Or they may subtly try to get you to tell them about the accident while engaging with you in conversation. It is important to politely refuse to discuss any specific details about the accident. Most basic facts such as where, when, the type of accident, the vehicles involved if it was a motor vehicle accident, and the identity of any witnesses. Simply state that the investigation is ongoing and that you will discuss further details at a later time. But don’t worry. Once you hire Parke Gordon Law Firm, we will handle all conversations with the insurance company, so you don’t have to worry about it any further. Your hired experienced lawyer will later be sending a personal injury demand letter which will describe the accident in detail.

Avoid Describing Details of Your Injuries

In addition to wanting information about the accident, the insurance adjuster will likely want to know details of your injuries. Now is not the time to get a detailed description of your injuries. If they continue to press, simply say you are “still treating.” The reason you don’t want to give any other information at this time is you might leave something out or discover additional injuries later. Another reason is your injuries may turn out to be worse than originally thought.

Refuse to Give a Recorded Statement

Many insurance adjustors will immediately push you to give a tape-recorded or written statement. Or they may ask if they can record your phone conversation claiming it will protect you later. DO NOT AGREE to have any conversation recorded. You have no legal obligation to be recorded. It is against the law for an adjuster to record you without your permission.

The reason you want to refuse is that most people will forget important details or describe things incompletely when being recorded. A verbal statement is never as precise as written correspondence that you will be sending later. Recordings are also used as evidence against you so the insurance company can make a lower settlement offer.

Decline an adjuster’s request politely but firmly. Tell him or her that you are not comfortable with being recorded but will be happy to provide a written statement when your information is complete.

Resist the Urge to Accept a Settlement

An insurance adjuster will sometimes offer a settlement during the first or second phone call. A quick settlement usually saves the insurance company time, money, and work. Most importantly, this small settlement amount is usually not what your injuries and damages are worth. Don’t take the bait. Though the money may be tempting, and it may seem like an easy way to get the settlement process done, but it will almost certainly cost you money, even many quite a bit.

Set Conversation Limits

During the first conversation with an insurance adjuster, make it clear that you will not be discussing much without an attorney. Make it clear that you do not want further phone contact and that they can contact your attorney to discuss further matters. Letting them know this upfront will hopefully limit any further attempts to get more detailed information from you or any further quick settlement offers.

Take Notes

Once you’ve ended the conversation with the insurance adjuster, write down all the information you received as well as any information you gave including any requests.

Contact Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane Immediately

The Spokane personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm handle personal injury claims for clients in Spokane, Washington, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and other surrounding areas. Spokane personal injury attorney Mat Parke concentrates his practice on accident and injury cases, including car accidentssemi truck accidentswrongful death casesdog bite injuriesmotorcycle accidents and more. Parke Gordon Law Firm has years of experience holding insurance companies responsible for damages caused by their customers and obtaining impressive settlements for our law firm’s clients. Attorney Mat Parke is a Harvard law grad with the experience and trust needed to represent his clients and receive a fair settlement. We believe every client deserves fair representation against big insurance companies with deep pockets. Take a moment to read some of our recent client reviews to see the dedication of the personal injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm.

Call now to speak to a Spokane personal injury lawyer. We’re here to help take the stress out of your claim. Let us fight the insurance company for you. Call a personal injury attorney or lawyer at Parke Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.

Let us help you deal with the insurance companies, medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. Our attorneys are trusted and experienced personal injury lawyers in Spokane. Let the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm help you get back on your feet.

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Why Medical Records Are Key to Your Injury Claim

Why Medical Records Are Key to Your Injury Claim

Why Medical Records Are Key to Your Injury ClaimAfter an accident, medical records are key to your injury case. There are a number of steps a car crash victim should take to maximize their settlement value. One of the most important steps is to establish a solid trail of medical evidence to support your injury claim. In an injury case, your medical records serve as evidence that is often used to support your claim and increase your settlement value. While you may be worried about your privacy, your medical records are really the foundation to build a strong injury case and maximize your settlement.

Using Medical Records as Evidence

During an injury case, medical records will be generated by doctors and other medical providers with details of the medical treatment you have received as a result of injury from an accident. For instance, when you visit the emergency room, medical evidence will be collected for your case. Likewise, during our first visit with your primary care physician, your doctor will be able to determine exactly what injuries or other medical injuries you have experienced as a result of the accident as well as what caused the injuries. This initial diagnosis of injuries is key to building your case. It is important that the medical diagnosis is done as soon as possible following an accident. Failing to seek immediate medical treatment offers the insurance company a chance to argue that you received your injuries at a later date and not during the accident.

Medical Records Tell the Story of Your Injuries

The severity of your injuries is often told by how much follow-up treatment is required or if you need to see a specialist such as a neurologist or an orthopedist. The severity of your injuries, necessary treatment plans, and recovery progress all tell your story and serve as medical evidence for your case.

Once you have finished your medical treatment, your combined medical records and other medical documentation from all providers involved should provide a clear picture of your medical history and greatly help the outcome of your claim.

How Medical Reports Influence Your Injury Case

Your medical records can serve as leverage against the insurance company you are negotiating with. The more complete the records, the more leverage you have against an unfair settlement. Typically, insurance companies are comfortable letting weaker cases proceed to trial as a jury will be less likely to award a fair verdict without strong medical evidence.

Insurance companies are motivated to settle injury claims fairly when the plaintiff has a strong case with strong evidence to support the claim. Insurers will fight harder when they believe the claimant has a strong case to bring to trial. An insurance company will feel more pressure to offer a fair settlement when strong medical evidence is present.

Call Parke Gordon Law Firm Now for a Free Consultation

The Spokane attorneys of Parke Gordon Law Firm are happy to discuss and review your case with you during a free consultation over the phone or in person. Our Spokane personal injury lawyers can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case. Call (509) 482-7274 now to speak to a lawyers in Spokane to take the stress out of your case and get started receiving the compensation you deserve. Or if you would rather, we would be happy to meet you in a place of your choosing.

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Our Spokane, Washington law firm services clients in and surrounding Spokane, including for injuries and accidents in Spokane Valley and injuries and accidents in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Visit or call our Spokane law firm today. Parke Gordon LLC 421 W Riverside, Suite 256 Spokane, WA 99201 Phone:(509) 482-7274

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How an Attorney Can Prove Your Claim

How an Attorney Can Prove Your Claim

How an Attorney Can Prove Your ClaimAfter an accident, you may be wondering how an attorney can prove your claim. The experienced injury attorneys at Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane will fight to get you the largest possible settlement for your injuries, property damage, and pain and suffering. Your attorney will investigate the accident to make sure fault is assigned to the right driver and explore every potential opportunity for you to receive more compensation. If you’ve been injured, you need to focus on your recovery and let Parke Gordon Law Firm handle the legal work to secure your claim.

Evidence

When you are seriously injured in an accident, the sooner you hire an attorney, the better outcome for your case. This is because the first set in preparing a strong accident claim is gathering evidence at the scene of the accident. As time passes, evidence will be more difficult to gather. Types of evidence that is often gathered from a car accident scene include the following.

  • Photos taken at the time of the accident
  • Tire markings on the pavement
  • Footage from traffic or security cameras
  • Photos of the area including traffic signs, signals, pedestrian walkways, homes and businesses surrounding the area
  • Police reports
  • Repair reports and photos of the damaged vehicles
  • Contact information of witnesses

Analyzing Evidence to Determine Blame

Once evidence has been gathered, your attorney can consult with experts to interpret the evidence and determine fault. The expert can analyze evidence and create video that reproduces the events of the accident. An accurate analysis of evidence can provide the answers needed to present a strong case. Questions evidence can often answer include the following.

  • Who caused the accident?
  • Was the at-fault driver impaired?
  • Did road conditions or weather conditions contribute to the accident?
  • Was the at-fault driver distracted?
  • Did the victim contribute to the crash?

Eye Witnesses

Your attorney may choose to conduct interviews with key witnesses if needed. As the victim of an accident, there may be details from the accident that you are either unaware or forgot in the aftermath of the crash. Others who saw the accident can provide valuable information to help your case. If possible, after being involved in an accident, gather contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident.

Police Report Corrections

Sometimes errors can be made on the police report. One of the most important pieces of evidence in your claim is the police report. It is up to you and your attorney to make sure the police report accurately reflects what happened.

Police officers trained in auto accident assessment investigate the scene and talk to drivers, victims, and witnesses. They then write up an official police report back at the station. Sometimes a police officer at the scene is under pressure and maybe rushed. They can and do make mistakes on accident reports. It is important that your claim gets the correct information on the report as quickly as possible.

Knowledge of the Law

The best asset your attorney will bring to your case is their knowledge and experience. An attorney will be aware of any statutes of limitations that apply to your case and will know how to pursue every possible source of compensation. Along with making a claim for property damage and injuries, an attorney can help you pursue claims for general damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages, and mental anguish.

Hire an Injury Lawyer from Parke Gordon Law Firm in Spokane, WA

After an accident, we understand the difficulties and stresses you may be facing. In fact, if you are not able to come to meet at our law office, our attorney will come to you. Do not hesitate to call the law office of Parke Gordon Law Firm to discuss your case during a free consultation. Our law firm works on a contingency fee. That means you pay nothing until your case is settled. You can afford to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney from Parke Gordon Law Firm. Call our Spokane law office today at (509) 482-7274. We can usually tell you over the phone if you have a good case.

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