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How to Handle an Incorrect Police Report

Jon Ostroff is one of the rare “20/20” attorneys in America! During the past 20 years, Jon has handled, settled or reviewed over 20,000 personal injury cases.

As Jon will tell you, there are several good reasons why the police report in your auto accident may be wrong. The first police officer on the scene of your accident has his hands full.

  • Once the injuries at an accident scene are assessed
  • and ambulances are called,
  • and the traffic at the scene is under control,
  • and after other officers, EMT’s, family members and car accident victims, along with tv and radio news crews have all been spoken to
  • … and after the evidence has been kicked and trampled on by focused EMT’s tending to injured accident victims
  • … NOW it’s time for your police officer to begin an accident investigation that requires him to:
    • preserve evidence
    • take many measurements
    • speaking with witnesses (some of whom have left long ago),
    • writing up a report,
    • and far more.

Perhaps this is why police officers spend far more time protecting the public, rendering medical aid, controlling traffic, ticketing drivers and more, then they do on accident investigation.

After 20 years and 20,000 cases, Jon knows what he’s looking for when he reviews an auto accident case. He knows how to overcome a bad or incorrect police report.

Police reports are often inaccurate, unreliable and WRONG!

After addressing all of the responsibilities listed above, a police officer must then do his best to recreate the scene of an accident. An officer’s investigation can easily result in wrong assumptions coupled with wrong conclusions, leading to an incorrect police report.

How you can help overcome a bad police report in your accident.

If you take the following steps after an accident, then you will increase the chances of catching the evidence that you need to correct any inaccuracies in the police report.

At the time of an accident, you should:

  1. Seek immediate medical assistance for anyone who is hurt;
  2. Contact the police immediately;
  3. Write down the name, address and phone numbers of all witnesses to the accident;
  4. Write down the name, address, phone number, license number, license plate number, and insurance information of the other driver;
  5. Take pictures of the accident scene before any cars are moved.  Remember, most cell phones have cameras on them and can be used for this purpose.

Contact a Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyer

An incorrect police report does not have to lead to an unfair accident settlement or verdict.  Count on Jon Ostroff’s “20/20” experience to make sure you get every nickel you are entitled to. Please contact Ostroff Injury Law at 1-888-930-8484 or via our online contact form for a free case evaluation.  Let us help you get the recovery that you deserve!