In New Jersey, if the police are called, there will always be a report. The report should always be carefully checked because police do make mistakes. Police are sometimes short on time, which can affect the level of detail or accuracy.
You can attempt to change information that is either not in a police report or that is erroneously reported, so it’s important to pay attention to those reports.
Q: If the police report says I am at fault does it hurt my case?
It can, but it’s only one piece of evidence of what happened on that given day. It’s not dispositive of the issue in a civil suit as to whose fault the accident may be.
However, it will present a challenge. When a jury is presented with a piece of evidence coming from a law enforcement official that’s attributing fault one way or another, the jurors are often influenced by that opinion.
If you have an experienced New Jersey car accident attorney, there are ways to discredit those opinions, especially if it can be shown that