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Public Safety; local police officer on the scene of an accident

Although today’s Law enforcement faces more challenges, controversies and tough issues; they remain a highly trained and skilled workforce who does their best to police the community. At the scene of an accident, an officer of law is often one of the first to arrive. However, due to the large number of automobile accidents and limited number of officers, police aren’t always dispatched. When 911 is called, the dispatcher will take the information provided and determine if the incident requires an officer and/or paramedics. Unless there’s a likelihood that someone has been injured, or the environment poses a danger to others, an officer may not be present in all cases.
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Police officers are often dispatched:

  • When there are injuries
  • When the accident blocks traffic
  • When there is suspected drug or alcohol use
  • When there are other public safety concerns
  • What happens when police arrive?

At the scene of an accident, an officers concern for public safety and helping the injured is top priority. They will immediately assess the situation, call for more assistance if necessary and make sure those involved in the accident are out of danger. Once the scene of the accident is clear, an officer will do an investigation and later write an official accident report based upon their findings.

The police generated accident report will likely include:

  • Police observations regarding the cause of the accident
  • Statements from passengers, drivers and witnesses
  • Written narrative, drawn diagrams and photos
  • Actions taken such as sobriety tests for suspected drug/alcohol use
  • Other details such as vehicle makes and models, weather conditions, etc.

If you, your passengers, and those of the other vehicle are not injured there are things that you can do in the absence of an officer. Gather pertinent information from the other vehicle and driver. Take photos, notes, and make observations of your own in case an unofficial report is needed. Always call your insurance company to report the accident. Remember, even if the police report indicates that the other driver was at fault, an adjuster still has to investigate the claim.


If you are injured by a negligent or incoherent driver of a motor vehicle, try not to move until help arrives. Let the police officer who arrives do the job he is trained for. Your health, and the health and safety of your loved ones should be your focus. After you have received medical attention, take action! Don’t try to take on the insurance company without the consult of an attorney. Insurance companies are trained to deter you from getting the compensation you deserve. Dealing with adjusters, insurance companies who don’t want to pay for the injuries you’ve incurred, and even attempting to interpret an accident report can be very frustrating. Hire an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible. Contact a reputable Wisconsin personal injury attorney to evaluate the potential of your case.

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Before Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer, You Should Know:

The insurance adjustor is on the insurance company’s side, not yours.

Some are aggressive and try to scare people into not making a claim or into accepting very little compensation. Other adjustors seem kind and helpful — and then use your own words to deny your claim. The bottom line: the less the insurance company has to pay out, the more incentive the adjustor has.

We will investigate to establish liability and damages.

Our law firm has extensive resources to investigate an accident and assess who was at fault, regardless of the accident type. We work with a range of investigators and experts whose expertise provides crucial information for our determination of a fair settlement value.

Our attorneys can explain your coverage and your rights.

If you were hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver, your insurance company may fail to tell you about your rights under your own policy. We can also help you understand your medical coverage under your health insurance policy.