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The contents of a police report matter in a personal injury case

On behalf of Restovich Braun & Associates posted in car accidents on Friday, June 24, 2016.

When you are involved in an accident, the police will file a police report if they were called to the scene. The contents of this report can have an impact on a personal injury case. If you were in an accident and plan to seek compensation for injuries you suffered, you should get a copy of the police report.

You can get a copy of the police report from the agency that took the report. This can often be done over the Internet, but some agencies might make you come into the office or call in for a copy of the report.

You should understand that police reports generally aren't going to be admissible in a court hearing for a civil matter. The use of these documents is a bit different. Instead, you can use the information in the police report to try to get a settlement before a trial. In some cases, the information in the police report could give you an advantage in this process.

The information that is in a police report can include a preliminary assessment of who was at fault for the motor vehicle accident. It might also include information about witnesses, as well as other information that might back up your claims.

Since the information in the police report can often be used in a civil case, it is critical that you ensure it is accurate. These reports can often be amended. Before taking that step, you should find out if having it amended is in your best interest when it comes to your personal injury case.

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