Accident scenes are usually stressful and hectic, presenting a number of areas where mistakes can be made. As noted in our earlier article, an accident report is one of the most important documents needed in pursuing your personal injury automobile claim.
What is an accident report?
Accident reports will provide the names, addresses, and insurance company information for all involved parties, including the names and contact numbers for witnesses. Most importantly, an accident report will contain a narrative, in the investigating officer’s opinion, of what happened and who is the at fault party. Unfortunately, officers can sometimes make mistakes when filling out a report or make an error in judgement because he/she was unable to speak with all the witnesses at the accident scene.
What To Do If An Officer Makes An Error On Your Accident Report
If you believe there is incorrect information in your accident report, there are some ways to correct the errors.
- If your report contains simple errors, such as misspelling the name of an involved party or vehicle information, then you should be fine with such errors. Minor errors of this nature will not affect your claim with the insurance company.
- If you believe the officer made an error in determining fault on the accident report, you should contact the investigating officer or employee with the officer’s local precinct. In Tennessee, all of this information is contained on the first page of the accident report. Please note that the officers are extremely busy, and it can sometimes take a few days before you get a response.
- If you have witness information that was not contained in the accident report, you should contact the investigating officer. Hopefully, after verifying the witness statements, the officer can amend the report and findings to reflect the new information.
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney at The Chiozza Law Firm to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.
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After any auto accident, time is of the essence. Obtaining the accident report as quickly as possible is of utmost importance so that any mistakes can be discovered and corrected. Getting the mistakes corrected quickly will ensure that your insurance claim is handled quickly and efficiently. If you contact The Chiozza Law Firm, we will happily obtain a copy of your accident report on your behalf and personally go over the information with you.
Whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian involved in an automobile accident, you need an experienced attorney to help you thru the process. The Chiozza Law Firm has handled thousands of automobile, bus and motorcycle accident cases thru the years, achieving substantial settlements and verdicts. We are a firm that you can trust, as evidenced by our reasonable fee arrangements and history. Call 901-526-9494 or visit www.901Law.com for additional information. It costs absolutely nothing to speak with one of our attorneys about your case, but it can cost you more than you think should you not consult with an experienced attorney.
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