If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident that resulted in $500 or more in damages, it is Florida law to file an accident report. After calling emergency services, the accident report is a significant step to building a strong injury claim following the incident.
The Baker Legal Team has been helping victims of car accidents get their lives back on track for over 30 years. While you may be under a lot of stress when you file the accident report, it is essential to try to ensure the report is as accurate as possible. However, if you notice mistakes within the report, no matter how small, you may want to contact an experienced Florida injury attorney as soon as possible.
What Should My Florida Accident Report Contain?
Each year, there are an average of six million car accidents reported in the United States. The accident report is one of the most critical pieces of evidence that an accident injury attorney may use when building a strong claim for a client. Important information that your Florida accident claim should contain includes:
- Accident details like the date, time, and location
- Contact information of any witnesses and all drivers involved in the crash
- Statements from any drivers involved or witnesses
- Damage to your vehicle
- Any injuries suffered
- The officer’s version of events regarding the crash, the suspected causes, and whether a citation was issued to either party
- Pictures of the accident scene and vehicle damages
- A diagram of the accident scene
If you have reviewed the accident report and find that any of this information does not accurately describe what you believe occurred the day of the accident, contact an experienced car accident attorney who may help you.
How You Can Fix Mistakes in a Florida Accident Report
When evaluating the validity of your accident report, there are two different types of mistakes you may find that need to be fixed.
While this type of mistake does not significantly impact your claim, it is relatively easy to have fixed. Some examples of factual mistakes include:
- Driver’s license number
- Vehicle plate number
- Make and model of any involved vehicles
These mistakes are typically easily fixed if you or your car accident attorney can provide photographic proof proving that the listed information is incorrect in the report.
If an officer has provided a narrative in a report, this may be more difficult to change than a factual mistake. For example, if you believe a witness’s statement was not factual in the details they provided of the accident, you may need to provide video evidence suggesting that what they have said differs from actual events.
Florida Accident Attorneys Are Here to Help with Your Claim
Being the victim of a Florida car accident can be stressful as you navigate what to do next. With the accident report being such a significant piece of evidence for your injury claim, finding a mistake within it may be concerning as you try to build a strong claim.
Baker Legal Team has the experience and knowledge to help victims of car accidents in Florida. From helping you correct mistakes in the accident report to building you a solid claim, Board-Certified attorney Robert Baker provides the award-winning representation needed to help you get your life back on track. For a free consultation, fill out this form or call (561) 320-0000.