Police report often quotes the involved drivers, and perhaps a witness. Still, in many states, the insurance companies determine who should be named as the driver at-fault. Hence, the police do not make that determination.

What information contained in a police report might an injured victim have the right to correct?

The Injury Lawyer in Richmond Hill would not question the correction of factual errors. It could raise objections to any attempt by the injured victim to alter what had been written about the reporting officer’s opinions, feelings or conclusions. Those would be opinions, feelings or conclusions about the accident that has caused the victim’s injuries.

Should the person that completes the write-up about the correction follow any established protocol?

Before mentioning the correction, the person compiling the supplementary and correct material must review the original report. Then the submitted statement should begin with a review of the flawed report. The inclusion of that review in the completed statement ought to precede any reference to the suggested corrections.

After the write-up has been completed, how should it be presented to the police station that has the original report on file?

The person that walks into the station should not carry some sort of mystery document. Instead, that carried document ought to bear a title or cover page, either of which makes clear the document’s relation to one of the police reports on file.

The messenger with the carried document should request the supervisor’s review of the material being submitted. If possible, that same messenger should get the name of the supervisor, and then put this in the document’s top margin: Attention: [the supervisor’s name].

Someone arriving at a busy police station might not feel comfortable about just leaving the suggested amendments to the original write-up. If that proves to be the case, then the messenger has the right to ask about meeting with the command officer.

Understand, though, that anyone that were to speak with the command officer would need to be someone that had become familiar with the circumstances surrounding the reported accident. The messenger ought to focus on the facts shared between the two documents (the first report and the review of that same report).

In that way, the command officer should encounter few problems, when attempting to retrieve the material of questionable veracity. After all, someone that has asked the supervisor to review the submitted material should leave no doubt, regarding the item reviewed in that same submission.

Never assume that the number of officers in the visited station suggests a surplus of those that might take a look at the written corrections. Each of those officers has an assigned duty, and intends to carry-out that same duty.

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