I disagree with the police report that was written up after my car accident. What can I do?
After a car accident, especially where drivers or anyone
else have been injured, a law enforcement officer may come to the scene and
prepare a police report. This document will contain a lot of information about
the crash, including the people involved, witnesses who saw what happened,
vehicle damage, road debris, the position of the vehicles, a description of the
accident, probably a diagram or two, and even some preliminary findings on what
caused or contributed to the car accident.
Considering all that it contains, it’s not surprising that
the police report plays a key role when an insurance
adjuster reviews an injury or vehicle damage claim after a car accident.
But what if you think the police report contains wrong or incomplete
information? You might be able to make a correction or addendum to the police
report, but it depends on the nature of the information you disagree with.
errors. If the law enforcement officer got some objective information wrong
-- details about your vehicle, your insurance coverage, or the location of the
accident, for example -- you can probably get the report changed or amended as
long as you provide documentation in support of the correction.
information. If you simply don’t agree with something that is in the report
-- an account of the accident given by a witness, or the officer’s finding that
you violated a traffic law -- you’ll have a much tougher time getting any
change made. In that situation, the best you can probably do is write up your
own version of the detail you’re disputing and hope that it be included as a
supplement to the report. But in most cases, whether it is added to the report
will be up to the law enforcement agency.
Learn more about Proving
Fault for a Car Accident.
by: David Goguen, J.D.