Most of the time, the police will conduct an investigation of a car accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, this can involve anything from a single officer briefly interviewing each party to elaborate forensic accident recreations. While it is hardly guaranteed to be free from error, the report from that investigation will still be one of the most persuasive pieces of evidence in your case; juries tend to trust the police report because it was written by a third party and thus less prone to bias.
The police report will usually contain a useful overview of the accident, including a summary of the accident itself, a description of the scene of the accident as the officer found it, the names of the parties involved, the location in which the accident occurred, a description of injuries and property damage caused by the accident, and anything in the environment that might have contributed to the accident (inclement weather or road conditions etc.). The report may also contain a diagram of the accident.
In addition, the police report usually contains some of the officer’s opinions about the cause of the accident, and who was probably liable. If the officer’s opinion is favorable, you and your New York personal injury attorney will have a significant advantage in negotiating a settlement or winning a lawsuit. Conversely, if the opinion is unfavorable, your New York personal injury attorney will be faced with the difficult task of challenging the police report’s accuracy.
This is only one of a variety of factors you should discuss with a New York personal injury attorney before pursuing a claim. Call us at the law firm of Gersowitz, Libo & Korek today for a free consultation.