If you’ve been involved in a serious car accident, the police will generally come out to investigate the accident and lay charges on the at fault driver, if necessary.
At the scene of the car accident, police officers are required to take notes. Some officers notes are more detailed (and legible) than others. The police officers may also prepare an accident report at the scene of the collision, or back at the station. Those officers may (or may not) give you a copy of the accident report on the scene. Or, it may be provided to you at a later date (at a charge).
The motor vehicle accident report, or the police report as it’s commonly called, is the building block for proving liability in any personal injury car accident case.
This is the starting point for personal injury lawyers, insurers, defence lawyers and judges to understand how the accident happened.
The police report provides what’s supposed to be an objective synopsis of what happened.
Let me be perfectly clear. Sometimes the police don’t get it right. Their intentions are in the right place, but we are all human and we make errors. It happens.
Unfortunately, when these errors in reporting the collision happen, it can have a significant impact on the personal injury case.