- Exchanged details with driver, got name, address, mobile and number plate.
- Got contact details off a witness who saw the accident.
- Reported it to the local police station - who took details (and I took the name of the constable) but he said if you have exchanged details with driver and don't go to hospital then there is nothing further for them to do.
Going off to the doc's as I am able to walk on it but with some discomfort.
I am missing something here? Should I just go to hospital to force their hand and get them to report it? I assume without the report no TAC claims (if they are needed in future ) will occur?
My other concern is if the driver decides to pursue for damage to his vehicle and with no report filed my legal position is compromised.
Lincoln you've done well given the fact that you've just had a pretty bad crash.
Another thing that can assist with collisions is contacting 000 at the time and requesting police attendance (and ambulance if needed). Sometimes it doesn't seem all that necessary or required, but your one sounds pretty bad. I've wrote the following for general reasons as to why I'd get them to go to a collision.
There are numerous reasons why this is done but a few are;
Verification of Identity - police are able to confirm peoples identity through various databases and channels. Otherwise, how do you know who the person really is? did they write it down for you? How was it confirmed to be true? Was identification produced? Was it authentic/valid/real? Do they have to produce ID to you? Do they have to give you any more than name and address?
A 'Real Time' view of the scene - What better way to report a car/bike crash than to be standing at the very spot a short time after it occurred. If it take them awhile to show up then so be it. If you think it's serious enough then it's worth waiting for. By getting the police there you are introducing an independent person into the scene. that person can get a gauge of what happened through observations that they might not have been told about at the counter (the offending party will bring them up as a defense though). Things like fog, haze, glare, traffic, signage, weather can all be taken into account as to who is the offending party and if they get charged or not.
Interviewing of Witnesses/Victims/Offenders - the only way police are going to know about it is if they speak to those involved. Most people if they have done the wrong thing, admit fault straight away. They apologize because truthfully they know they stuffed up. This is the time you want them speaking to the police. If people are given a bit of time they try and justify their actions and shift the blame. Like the lady that opened her door which resulted in a death of a cyclist She was given too much time to be interviewed, she got a lawyer who wrote her statement and the truth of what occurred was distorted to suit her.
What I dont really understand is the 'report' part of it. You said that you went there and 'reported' it and he took 'details' of it. What's the difference between details and a report. how many details make up a report? Is it 'A report' that you want? Whats in a report? Anything good? By going to the hospital, whose hand are you trying to force? The police or the hospital? Do hospitals take reports? Details aswell? Or did you mean the police? Does that mean police have to report to police about a report that they took details on? I'm confused.