Things are often chaotic in the aftermath of a car, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident, especially if you were seriously injured. That’s why it can be such a shock and disappointment to find out that the police report assigns blame to you. You might be wondering whether it’s even worthwhile to pursue compensation, even if you’re sure there were mistakes in the police report and that you’re not the one to blame. We’re here to tell you that it is still possible to obtain a recovery, even if the police report puts you at fault. Below, we’ll go over a few reasons why the police report doesn’t always tell the whole story of your accident.
Additional Facts Can Be Discovered in a New Investigation
Simply put, mistakes, omissions, and inaccuracies can be made by police when they’re writing the police report. The officer may not understand the severity of your injuries and may quickly write the report without much thought. He or she could be distracted by other things or in a hurry and may not give the accident scene the attention and thoroughness it deserves.
Fortunately, a skilled, experienced firm like Arendsen Braddock LLP will send independent accident investigators to uncover more evidence that shows the extent to which the other party was at fault. They’ll carefully review the police report to identify errors, go to the accident scene to take measurements, and talk to witnesses about what they saw and heard.
This additional information can make all the difference in creating a fuller picture of the scene than what was captured in a hasty police report. With newfound evidence, you’ll be in a better position to pursue your case, tell your story, and get the compensation you deserve.
Skilled Lawyers Know the Ins and Outs of California Negligence Law
Holding another party accountable for their role in causing an accident usually comes down to proving negligence. Under California law, plaintiffs need to demonstrate that a defendant, owed them a duty of care, meaning they had a responsibility to act in a way that wouldn’t cause harm to others. It must also be proven that a defendant was negligent, and that negligence caused harm to you.
At Arendsen Braddock, our extensive previous experience with a wide range of injury cases helps us navigate complex negligence laws here in California. Even if the police report assigns blame to you, it may still be possible to show that the defendant was also partially to blame and therefore should be held accountable. The state’s “comparative fault” law accounts for those nuances and gives you the opportunity to recover some damages even if some blame was assigned to you.
Why it’s Smart to Hire an Experienced Team
A lot rests on the ability to show that the police report had major flaws and didn’t provide an accurate summary of your accident or who’s to blame. With our expertise and guidance, you can feel confident that we’ll leave no stone unturned in getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. Talk to the team at Arendsen Braddock LLP today — consultations are free and we don’t charge you unless we obtain a recovery for you.