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Mistakes & Wrong Information in an Car Accident Report: What to Do

There is nothing worse than getting a copy of your car accident report only to see that there is wrong information about the crash.  Many times, the police officer did not witness the accident and just made an independent decision about the facts.  Even worse, the officer may have simply asked the other driver what happened and may have never gotten your story.  This happens especially when one driver is taken to the hospital and not around to answer questions or describe the accident.

These police report mistakes can permanently harm your right to insurance benefits and a personal injury claim.  It is important that you get your report as soon as possible and take steps to correct errors in that report.  Many insurance adjusters will deny a valid claim based upon false information in an accident report.

How to Correct Mistakes in Your Auto Accident Traffic Crash Report

Fortunately, many police departments and agencies will allow you to file an amended report or at least submit your version of the accident.  Here are some things that you can do to have the report changed or a additions made to the existing report:

  1. File your own written statement of how the accident happened and explain it in detail. Ask the police agency if you can include that with the initial report.
  2. Get written independent witness statements and request that those be added to the report.  You can also ask the witnesses to the police station to give their version of the accident.
  3. Ask the police officer to speak to other witnesses directly to get more information about the accident.  The investigating officer will put more weight on the statements of people who were not involved in the crash.
  4. Provide photos of the accident scene, your injuries, and how your vehicle was damaged to support your version of how the accident happened.
  5. Provide any other evidence to prove that the police report is wrong or inaccurate.  You can even ask the officer to obtain surveillance video from traffic cameras or neighboring buildings that may prove you were not at fault. 

You may need a lawyer to help you with these corrections because incorrect information in the report may affect your right to sue for compensation at a later date.

Do I Need a Lawyer for my Michigan Car Accident Case?

You do not need an attorney  for your car accident case, but you should be aware of mistakes that you can make without an experienced lawyer on your side.  First, the insurance adjuster may not disclose all of the potential insurance policies or limits that might apply to your claim.  You may also not know the real value of your case and this could result in you settling for substantially less money than you could receive otherwise. 

Also, there are potential liens that you might be responsible for paying back out of your settlement that you do not know about but will have to pay back at a later date.  Finally, you could be jeopardizing your no-fault insurance benefits by signing a Release when you settle your liability claim. This could have devastating consequences.

Insurance studies have shown that injury victims actually receive substantially larger settlements when they hire a lawyer for their case, even after paying the attorney fees.  This is because insurance companies know that they cannot get "low ball" settlements with experienced attorneys who know and understand the value of an injury.  One study showed that majority of accident victims who hired a lawyer believed that they received a much greater settlement than if they tried to settle their own case.

How Our Lawyers Can Help You After a Michigan Car Accident

The Michigan No-Fault Insurance laws are confusing.  When you choose us for your car accident case, we will:

  • Get the traffic accident report, witness statements, and full police investigation file
  • Get all of your medical records, hospital records, and treatment records
  • Deal directly with your auto insurance company adjuster for you
  • Provide you with advice on your Mini-Tort property damage claim
  • Submit all of your claims for medical bills, lost wages, and other no-fault insurance benefits
  • Communicate with the insurance adjuster to make sure all benefits have been paid 
  • Determine the insurance policy limits for every possible insurer
  • File a lawsuit against the negligent driver that caused your accident
  • Sue the negligent driver, owner of the car, and insurance company for your pain and suffering compensation
  • Negotiate with the insurance adjusters for you
  • Get you the best car accident settlement for your pain and suffering as well as any additional compensation

Our No Fee Promise on Michigan Auto Accident Cases

You can afford to have the best car accident law firm on your side. It  literally costs nothing to get started and if your auto accident case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We promise you in writing:

  • No money to hire us or get started on your case
  • We pay all case costs and expenses from start to finish
  • You pay no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
  • Phone calls to our office are always free, forever.

Start Your Michigan Car Accident Claim

There are three  ways to get started on your Michigan  car accident case to get the settlement you deserve. You can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page. An auto accident attorney will contact you shortly.
  2. Chat with our online live operator who will provide your information to our law firm
  3. Call (888) 797-8787 any time of day to speak with an injury lawyer about your case.

Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing Michigan car accident lawsuits. Call us to learn more about the Michigan auto accident laws.

 

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