What to Do About Incorrect Car Accident Police Reports

Information in a police report will hold monumental significance upon the result of your car accident claim. It will determine whether or not you are held financially liable because the report is, for the most part, viewed as being objective truth.

After a car accident, there are typically two types of accident reports that provide details about the scene of the accident. If the police respond to the accident, they create an official report but the parties can create their own individual reports as well.

Because humans are fallible, an officer who prepares a police report may make an error. these can be minor negligible mistakes or serious blunders. So what can you do if an error was made on the police report associated with your accident?

In some cases, it is possible to have changes made to a report to correct it so that accurate information is displayed. This is referred to as “amending” the report and requesting that a second report be prepared. There are two different types of information in a report and they will need to be amended in different ways.

Factual Errors

An error of fact can occur in a police report if the officer who is preparing the report inputs the wrong information such as:

  • Social Security number
  • Telephone number
  • Make/Model/Color of the vehicle

Errors of fact can often be corrected by simply providing proof of the actual correct information through documentation.

Disputed Facts

It is more difficult to amend a police report when there is something on the police report that you and/or your attorney disagrees with the conclusion on the report. You will need to work with your personal injury attorney to build a case that the current police report is inaccurate and show evidence of this.

Here are some steps to take to help avoid misinformation on a police report:

  • Document Your Injuries
  • Gather visual evidence
  • Talk to witnesses and get their contact information

As your car accident attorney, our firm can help you avoid a disastrous situation. When car accidents occur, you are often unprepared and may feel flustered. If those moments resulted in misinformation on a police report, do not accept defeat. Reach out to our firm at once!

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