Automobile Accident Police Reports in Personal Injury Cases

When you are in an automobile accident, the police will ask you about your injuries and what happened. The report will also contain the names of witnesses. It is important to make sure the officer has the names and contact information for any witnesses. Also, make sure you tell the officer about your personal injuries and pain no matter how minor. Sometimes injuries and pain can not manifest until hours later, but it is important to tell the officer what you are feeling at the scene. Be sure to let the officer know that you were wearing your seat belt [always wear your seatbelt!].

While the police report is useful information, the actual report is not admitted into evidence under state law. Occasionally a diagram from the police report might be admitted. However, the officer must be subpoenaed to testify about what he observed, and who was ticketed.

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