Q: Is the case lost if the police report says that I caused the auto accident?
Not necessarily. The police officer is coming to conclusions based on the information provided, and their experience. Usually, the police officer may rely on what someone said, and it may not be accurate. It’s not a lost cause if the police report indicates that the incident may have been the claimant’s fault because the police officer may, himself, be wrong in reaching that conclusion.
However, it certainly does create a situation where at least one person who is supposed to be experienced has come to a conclusion based on the information that they have available based on their experience. Every effort has to be considered to identify the ways in which an accurate depiction of what happened can be determined. That can be done by identifying any witnesses and then to have someone follow up with the witnesses.
The claimant should never be the one to follow up with the witnesses, but someone on behalf of the claimant, an experienced car accident attorney or investigator, to determine whether the conclusion that the police officer reached was accurate.