Correcting A Police Report After Your Iowa Car Accident
After an Iowa car accident, motorists involved in the accident are required to stop close to the accident scene. Failure to stop after an Iowa car accident is an offense. Even when you’re involved in a minor car accident, the law requires you to stop close to the accident scene without putting yourself or others in harm’s way and blocking traffic. Apart from being required to stop close to the accident scene, drivers are required to call the police as soon as they can after an Iowa car accident. However, if an accident is minor, calling the police may not be necessary. Once you contact the police after a car accident, the police will investigate the accident scene and produce a report.
Even though police officers are trained to investigate car accidents and prepare reports, they don’t always get it right when it comes to these reports. So, what happens when you discover the police report written after your car accident is inaccurate? Can you correct a police report after an Iowa car accident? Keep reading to find out.
Importance of Police Reports
Understanding whether or not you can correct a mistake on a police report is quite crucial, considering how important these reports are. A police report is quite important, especially if you plan on filing a claim against an at-fault party. The police report written after your car accident can provide the insurance company with crucial information about your claim. Insurance companies have a lot of confidence in police reports because such reports are unbiased and official. Also, to insurance companies, police reports give a recollection of important events that occurred on the day of an accident, as opposed to witnesses’ testimonies or testimonies of the parties involved in the accident.
Police reports usually contain important information such as;
- Details of an accident, including the time the accident happened, and the location of the accident
- Damages to vehicles
- Witnesses’ and drivers’ statements
- Photos of the accident
- Diagrams that can paint a clear picture of the accident
- Details of any injuries incurred
- Officer’s statement of how the accident occurred
Correcting a Police Report
At large, a police report may contain a factual error or non-factual error/disputed information. Correcting factual errors can be relatively easy, whereas altering disputed information can be difficult. If, for example, a police report misspells your name or states the wrong date of your accident, a correction may be made quite easily. In such a case, you can have the modification made by providing documentation to help with the alteration. Conversely, if you disagree with a witness statement, you may experience difficulties when trying to have the police report amended. However, if you encounter a non-factual error in a police report, you can write a statement and politely request it be attached to the police report. Unfortunately, your account doesn’t have to be attached to the police report.
Regardless of whether you find a factual error or disputed information on a police report, remember to;
- be polite
- act fast and
- retain an experienced attorney
Contact a Southeast Iowa Car Accident Attorney
If you were in a car accident and are dealing with an inaccurate police report, contact a skilled Southeast Iowa auto accident attorney at the Noyes Law Office today to receive help.