Most car accidents in Miami involve some form of human error. Whether it is the result of distracted driving, improper lane changes or speeding, accidents typically occur when at least one driver uses poor judgment. However, the last people you expect to make mistakes are law enforcement officers who must prepare a police report. When it comes time to file an insurance claim for your injuries and damages, a bad police report can cost a driver the proper compensation they deserve. One of the most common questions Miami car accident lawyers get is what to do about incorrect police reports. Here are some solutions.
The reality is Miami police officers and public safety officials constantly fill out accident reports. Most take the time to thoroughly inspect the accident scene to make a determination on how the wreck occurred. Unfortunately, some officers rush through their inspection and fail to ask each motorist the necessary questions to make a proper evaluation. If you notice there is an error on the accident report, it is important not to panic. First, make an attempt to notify the officer or the police department immediately to correct the mistake. If the officer refuses to make the correction, do not worry. In most car accident cases, police reports are not admissible as evidence. This means whatever is written in the accident report is not presented to the jury or given to the judge. However, it may affect the amount of settlement you receive from an insurance company. It is vital to seek legal counsel from an experienced Miami car accident lawyer to review your case.
One of the biggest mistakes car accident victims make is failing to get their car accident injuries evaluated by a medical professional immediately. Even if you do not feel significant pain, there may be hidden conditions as a result of the accident that can manifest later. By failing to document injuries immediately, some insurance companies will use it against the policyholder. The result is receiving less than adequate compensation. The worst case scenario is you could have your insurance claim denied. By waiting a few days to see a doctor, it can affect the insurance company’s jury on the seriousness of your injury.
Regardless of whether you have been injured in a slip and fall or a car accident in Miami, it is vital to take photos or video of your injuries and damages. Fortunately, we live in a time where just about everyone has a smart phone. These can be valuable tools to help prove your case and provide the necessary visual evidence to recover the compensation you deserve.
Car accidents never announce when they are going to happen. Anytime you get behind the wheel, there is always a risk for disaster. Even if you have good driving habits, it does not guarantee your fellow motorists will obey the rules of the road. If you have suffered injuries or significant damages in a wreck, it is important to seek representation from an experienced attorney with a track record of looking out for the best interests of each client. It is the first step to help pay for repairs, medical bills and recover lost wages. To learn more, contact the legal team at Neufeld, Kleinberg and Pinkiert, P.A. for a consultation to discuss your case.