Notifying law enforcement about a crash has always been critical if someone is injured, killed, or there is significant damage to the vehicles involved. Although police reports were not required in every traffic accident in the past, Florida legislators have recently changed this with the passing of Florida's new Personal Injury Protection (PIP) law.
In an effort to reduce the amount of staged accidents and stop insurance fraud scammers, Florida lawmakers have changed the state's PIP law. Because the law is in place to reduce PIP fraud, it is essential that you make sure you file a police report at the time of your accident.
Police reports are now required to be filled out and filed in every traffic collision in Florida-no matter how minor or major the motor vehicle accident is. Part of Florida's new PIP law that went into effect on July 1, 2012, made the following changes:
- Police officers are required to fill out an accident report in all collisions.
- Police officers have to fill out a long form accident report in each traffic accident that involves pain complaints, injury, death, if a tow truck is needed, or if the crash involved a commercial vehicle.
- Police officers are required to be more detailed in their police reports by listing all names and addresses of drivers and passengers involved in each crash.
In the event of a West Palm Beach auto accident, you can protect your future PIP claim and medical benefits by participating in the following immediately after an accident:
- Call 9-1-1 to have law enforcement come out to the accident scene.
- Make sure that the police report contains the necessary details, such as all the names and addresses of all drivers and passengers in the wreck.
Call an experienced Palm Beach accident injury attorney for help with your personal injury claim in order to get adequate compensation for your injuries. Attorney David Glatthorn can be reached at 561-659-1999 for a free case consultation today.