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Can An Error On A Bradenton Accident Police Report Be Amended?

When you are in an accident in Bradenton, Florida, the first thing you need to do is call the Bradenton Police Department. The Bradenton Police are your greatest allies following an accident. They will fill out a report about what happened that will be used to help you get a settlement for your damages. This report is considered an authoritative, objective account of the accident. Thus, all the details must be correct. However, sometimes new information can come to light revealing errors on the report. Fortunately, you can have the errors amended.

What Is On A Police Accident Report?

A police accident report includes a lot of critical details about the accident and can include:

● Date, time, and location of the accident
● Names and information of the drivers
● Names and information of all injured parties including passengers and pedestrians and a description of those injuries
● Description of road conditions, lighting, and climate
● The make, model, and year, the license plate numbers, and registration status of the vehicles involved in the accident
● A diagram of the crash that highlights important features like stop lights, road signs, merge lanes, and crosswalks
● Details about any property damage that occurred

In the case of an accident resulting from criminal activity like drunk driving, speeding, or hit and runs, police accident reports may also contain information about charges against the other driver.

How Is A Police Accident Report Used?

The insurance companies and the courts both place a high value on the police accident report. This report is used to help them understand what happened during the accident. From there they can assign fault. Whoever is at fault for the accident is then liable for the cost of the damages. In the state of Florida, fault is assigned on a comparative basis. You can read about Florida’s comparative fault laws here. So it is especially important in Florida that the police accident report is correct or it could cost you money.

What Kind Of Errors Can Happen On A Police Accident Report?

Police accident reports are filled out by hand at the scene. So the most common errors are simple mistakes like misspellings or transposed numbers. These are easily changed with a simple request to the police department. However, sometimes there are errors on the report that are a result of a lack of information. For example, if you are hit by a drunk driver and they are immediately taken to the hospital for their injuries, the police officer may not have a chance to identify the driver was drunk at the time of the accident. Their medical records will reveal this fact. In those cases, you will have to present evidence to amend the report.

Requesting A Palmetto Police Accident Report Be Amended

To request your police accident report be amended, you will need to contact the records department of the Palmetto Police. You can also stop by the station on 10th Street right off 8th Avenue W. For simple errors like typos, they will usually just amend the error. In cases where new evidence was brought to light or other non-factual errors, you will need to provide evidence of the change. This evidence is the same evidence you would present to the court and can include things like video footage, witness testimony, and photos from the scene of the accident. You may get some pushback on these, but the police department is most interested in the truth of the accident. So if you prove your claim, they will fix the error.

Our team at Justice Pays Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh can help. We have a great relationship with the Palmetto Police Department and will happily work with them to amend any errors on the report. We also know exactly what evidence needs to be provided to make changes. Contact us on our website to schedule a free case review and learn how we can help your case.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

Can An Error On A Bradenton Accident Police Report Be Amended?

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