Is it really important to know how to read a police report?
Yes, but possibly not for the reason you think.
A police report is a record of your accident, but is not admissible in court. People are often worried that a police report indicating that they are at fault is the end of their case. But a judge or jury won’t even see that police report.
What’s the point of the police report?
A police report is what you file with the insurance company or companies involved. You should also bring it with you to the initial meeting with your lawyer, as a record of what happened. Your lawyer knows exactly how to sift through the information on the report and find what’s important.
Your responsibility is to ensure your lawyer has complete and accurate information. You should ensure that nothing on the report is incorrect, or missing.
As a rule, check on a few key points:
- Are all parties — you included — identified properly and with correct contact information?
- Is there any accompanying photography? If the police took pictures, are those photos attached to the report? If the report indicates there are accompanying photos, make sure there are – contact the police station who completed the report if not.
- Are both your vehicle and the other party’s vehicle identified correctly? This is another piece of information that may have to be tracked down if it’s improperly recorded.
- Are there witness statements included? If so, is the contact information for the witnesses included? You and your lawyer will need to contact them, so it’s important that this information is included.
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