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.

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  • Question

    I disagree with the police report that was written up after my car accident. What can I do?

    Answer

    After a car accident, especially an accident involving injuries, a law enforcement officer may come to the scene and write a police report. The officer's report typically includes:

    • the names and statements of drivers, passengers, and witnesses to the crash
    • a description of vehicle damage and road debris, and
    • a drawn diagram of the accident.

    Some reports also include photographs and potentially even the officer's opinion about who caused or contributed to the car accident.

    Insurance adjusters rely heavily on police reports when they review an injury or vehicle damage claim after a car accident. If you think the police report contains wrong or incomplete information, you might be able to correct it.

    Factual 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 amended (changed) or have the officer write a supplemental report if you provide evidence of the correct information.

    Disputed information. If you simply don't agree with something that is in the report—a description 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 the officer will include your version in a supplemental report. But you might want to talk to a car accident lawyer before making a statement about the accident. Any statement you make can be used against you in your insurance claim or in court.

    Learn more about Proving Fault for a Car Accident.

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