Providing your auto insurance company with an accurate police report is essential to having vehicle damages covered. In cases where a driver involved in a crash does not have car insurance, Missouri residents will also need to file this report in addition to the police report.
What’s Included in a Car Accident Police Report?
Police reports of car accidents contain the following:
- Names of all drivers and passengers involved in the crash
- Contact information of all drivers and passengers
- License plate and driver’s license numbers
- Models and makes of vehicles
- Weather and road conditions at the time of the accident
- Description of how the accident occurred
- Other information relevant to the accident (eyewitness accounts, evidence of road construction, etc.)
Discovering just one error on a police report describing a vehicle accident may stop your insurance company from accepting your claim or delay your attorney from filing a lawsuit against an at-fault driver. It could even sway the “fault” charge from the at-fault driver to you if the error is egregious enough.
How to Handle an Incorrect Accident Police Report
Let’s say your police report states there was an inch of snow on the road when you were involved in an accident, but you know that to be wrong. To prove this to the police officer who made the error, you will need to obtain road and weather reports describing driving conditions at the time of the accident.
Any error you think should be changed on a police report will need evidence to support the fact that the police officer did make an error. Things like license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, and whether the other driver had auto insurance are easy to verify. Other items you dispute may not be as easy to verify, such as whether you were speeding or if the other driver was using their cell phone and driving “distracted.”
When inaccurate police report disputes can’t be settled, the next best thing to do is contact Curran Law Firm for legal assistance.
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