The Kansas City police department does a great job at thoroughly investigating any and all accidents. However, sometimes mistakes happen and an inaccurate police report could ruin your accident claim. Insurance adjusters could reduce or even deny your claim if the police error gives them an excuse to do so. It's important to fille a police report because they play a significant role in determining the at-fault party and the claim value. If anything is incorrect, it’s important to let your experienced car accident lawyer know right away.
If the report is wrong, there are ways to make it right again. Each police department has a different procedure for handling police reports. Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys has provided you a list of eight suggestions on how to correct an inaccurate police report:
- Even if the officer is wrong, they don’t always like to be told so. Be patient and respectful when speaking with the office.
- Don’t immediately go over the officer’s head to his or her supervisor. See if the situation can be fixed without notifying the officer’s supervisor. Many times, the supervisor will defend the officer.
- Try to correct the report before it’s considered final. Ask questions to the officer and explain exactly how the accident happened. Don’t get flustered or agitated. Try and stay calm and ask the office what he or she is reporting as they are filling out the report.
- If you disagree with what the officer has written in his or her report, offer to submit a written statement of your side of the story. You’ll have a chance to calm yourself and think clearly about the way the accident occurred. Be sure to include as many details as possible and don’t just give an opinion. State the fact, not just your conclusions.
- If the officer won’t change the report, ask that your statement be attached and included in the report.
- Include photos of the damage. Take pictures of your car, the other driver’s vehicle, any bodily damage that occurred to you, the area the accident occurred in, and a picture of the road conditions. Photographic evidence could play a big role in correcting a faulty police report.
- Provide a list of the medicines that you received if you went to the hospital. Many times, police will conduct an interview while the car accident victim is in the hospital under the influence of medication, in pain, or still shaken up from the accident.
- Be honest. If you aren’t certain of what happened, don’t state an opinion like it’s a fact. It’s okay to say you aren’t certain but you do have an opinion.
It can be frustrating if you feel like your side of the story wasn’t heard and reported. It’s important to remain calm and ask to speak with a lawyer before talking with an insurance adjuster. Some adjusters may contact you immediately after the accident and it’s important to not disclose any information that could hurt your claim. Never give a recorded statement without speaking to an attorney about ways to correct a police report. Read our book “Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim,” for information about dealing with the insurance company after an accident. Give Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys a call to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We want to try and help you recover some or all of the damages for your Kansas City car accident.