The Investigating Officer’s Accident or Crash Report

Sometimes it is fairly clear who caused the accident when the police arrive, but often it is not, and what the crash or accident report says, while a helpful factor, is not determinative for your civil case. The investigating police officer usually does the best they can to piece together what happened AFTER the accident has already occurred, but the officer has usually not personally witnessed the accident, and witnesses often leave the scene without giving their names and contact information, leaving the officer to listen to each of the traumatized and frightened drivers’ versions of how the collision occurred and those versions may or may not be intentionally or unintentionally accurate. So the police officer looks at the evidence at the scene, such as the damage to the vehicles, any skid marks, and other such evidence, talks to the people involved and if lucky, any impartial witnesses, to piece together the most likely series of events that might have occurred and puts that in the report.

Do give your truthful version of what happened to the investigating officer, and if you think of it and can get any impartial witnesses to give you their name and contact information, give these to the officer too, but don’t talk to others about the accident except the Higgins Law, LLC, where your lawyer will want to hear all the details as soon as possible after the accident occurs. When you’ve been seriously injured through the fault of another person, we make them pay. Our goal is your peace of mind. Call today.