What if I disagree with the information on accident report?
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Crash reports are filed for the use of the Division of Motor Vehicles. The data is collected for statistical analysis and subsequent highway safety programming. These reports are used so that changes can be made to dangerous intersections and roadways. The information on the report does not determine who was at fault in the accident. Officers rarely witness an accident when it occurs. Officers investigating crashes have to examine the accident scene and evaluate statements from drivers, and witnesses. Officers will attempt to objectively report what he or she feels is the most likely sequence of events leading to the crash. The information in the crash report will be based on the officer’s professional opinion. “Fault” is determined by insurance companies or the state’s courts.
If you feel that the accident report is not correct, you should notify your insurance company and inform them of your version of the crash. Your insurance company may decide to file a claim or suit against the other driver’s insurance. Your company may decide to settle a claim or suit that was filed against your insurance. This decision is up to the insurance companies. In the event that the insurance companies cannot settle, then the case can be resolved in court.