Is It Possible to File a Personal Injury Claim Without a Police Report in New York?

Lever & Ecker, PLLC June 9, 2023 Personal injury

The moments following a personal injury accident can be overwhelming as victims are left reeling from their injuries. While getting a police report is an important step following an accident, this step can sometimes be missed amid the chaos. While a police report is generally a critically important piece of evidence for a personal injury claim, it is still possible for you to pursue legal action and file a claim without one.

Lever & Ecker, PLLC, is a New York personal injury law firm with over 65 years of combined experience representing victims as they seek justice for their losses. We understand that pursuing compensation after suffering injuries can be overwhelming as you recover. However, our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to recovering your losses and may be able to pursue your case without a police report.

Without a Police Report, What Other Evidence Can Support Your Personal Injury Claim?

After an accident, filing a police report is an important step to ensure there is documentation of the date, time, location, and details of the incident, including as to fault for the accident. While a police report is typically considered a key piece of evidence in a personal injury claim, it is not the only evidence that can be used to create a strong claim. If the police did not prepare a police report for your New York personal injury claim, or did not come to the scene, other evidence that can benefit your case includes:

  • Testimony and statements from eyewitnesses to the accident
  • Photographs and videos of the scene of the accident, injuries, and property damage
  • Medical records showing the injuries you suffered in the accident
  • The testimony of an accident reconstruction specialist or other expert witness
  • Surveillance footage of the accident, if available

A trusted personal injury lawyer can acquire this evidence for you. In addition to gathering the evidence necessary to arrange your case, a personal injury lawyer can work to prove the at-fault party’s liability.

Proving Liability in a New York Personal Injury Case

In a personal injury case, proving liability is one of the most important steps to ensure the strength of your claim. While having a police report can be helpful, you are still within your rights to file a claim without one. Depending on the type of personal injury accident you have been involved in, various parties may be liable for your case. To prove liability for your personal injury claim, you must be able to provide evidence of the four factors of negligence. These factors include:

  • The responsible party owed you a duty of care
  • The responsible party breached the duty of care
  • The breach of duty is what caused your accident and injuries
  • You suffered losses as a result

Contact a trusted lawyer today to arrange your personal injury claim and pursue the damages you are owed.

File a Strong Personal Injury Claim With Lever & Ecker, PLLC

Our award-winning personal injury lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, can create a strong case and secure the compensation that you need to recover physically and financially after an accident. With over 65 years of combined experience working with injury victims in New York, we are prepared to go to trial if necessary.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our New York personal injury lawyers about your case, call (718) 933-3632 or (914) 288-9191. You can also reach us by filling out our contact form.

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