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The Police Report Is Wrong Or Inacurrate, What Should I Do Now?

The Police Report Is Wrong Or Inaccurate, What Should I Do Now?

By Bret Schnitzer

Many times auto accident victims get the police report and it is wrong. Either the facts are wrong, or information taken down is wrong. This creates a lot of concern by injury victims whether an inaccurate police report will adversely affect their auto/motorcycle case?

UD-10 reports commonly are referred to as police reports. Often times, these UD-10 reports are made by police officers who do not actually witness the collision. As a result the UD-10 is not always accurate. For this reason Michigan has a statute which prohibits the admission of the UD-10 in the civil automoblie accident case. The hazardous action number assigned by the police is generally not admissable in a civil case where the officer did not see the accident. Having said that, there are statements and information contained in the UD-10 that can be used if properly introduced through the officer or witnesses at trial in a civil case For example, if a party admits that they were at fault in the accident, then that admission can be used against them Excited utterances at the scene by parties can in some circumstances be introduced. Observations by the police officer are generally admissible.

In traffic fatalities the Police often do an accident reconstruction. This is where they bring in officers who are qualified through training and experience to reconstruct accidents. Often they take photographs, do measurements, look at vehicle damage, look at vehicle positions, look at skid marks, scrapes and gouges in the roadway, and other evidence, do scientific testing and try to reconstruct an accident. These accident reconstructionists if properly qualified can render testimony as to fault based upon their reconstruction of the accident.

If you need more information on this topic you can click on our blue link and message our firm for a free consultation or call us for a free consultation at (313) 389-2234

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I live Downriver, How Do I Report My Automobile Accident?

Downriver Police Departments

by Bret Schnitzer

Call immediately after an accident for your free consultation. Our telephone number is (313) 389-2234

Call  911 For an Emergency or call the Downriver Police Report directly:

Rockwood Police Department (734) 379-5323

Allen Park Police Department (313) 386-7800

Brownstown Township Police Department (734) 675-1300

Ecorse Police Department (313) 381-0900

Flat Rock Police Department (734) 782-2496

Gibraltar Police Department (734) 676-1022

Grosse Ile Police Department (734) 676-7100

Huron Charter Township/Brownstown Police Department (734) 675-1300

Lincoln Park Police Department (313) 381-1800

Melvindale Police Department (313) 429-1040

City of River Rouge Police Department (313) 842-8700

Southgate Police Department (734) 258-3060

Taylor Police Department (734) 287-6611

Trenton Police Department (734) 676-3737

Woodhaven Police Department (734) 676-7337

Wyandotte Police Department (734) 324-4405

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Selecting My Injury Attorneys

Selecting My Injury Attorneys

by Bret Schnitzer

When a person is involved in an auto accident, regardless of who is at fault, they need to consult with an experienced auto accident attorney who will have their best interests at heart. While many people simply glance through the phone book, or look at a billboard or television commercial to find an auto accident attorney, there are often serious questions you should ask prospective attorneys before making a final decision as to who will be representing you in a case that could impact your financial future.

The first set of questions that should be brought up should focus on the experience of the attorney. You should be well aware of the exact years that the attorney has been in practice as well as how long the practice has been established. For instance, the firm provides clients with experienced attorneys who have at least 25 years’ experience in both auto accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents and injury cases. All of the attorneys are established with the practice so you will not be stuck with a rookie or an associate attorney who is brand new to the practice. In fact, the practice as a whole has had a proven track record with millions being recovered for accident victims.

Other questions that should be asked when you select a qualified accident attorney include asking if they have continually and exclusively practiced in the field of injury law or if they have bounced around from other areas of the law like criminal law, family law, general practice or even representing insurance companies. The answer is that Schnitzer law, only represents injury victims and their families and that is all Schnitzer law has done for over 25 years. Schnitzer Law Attorneys help legal clients law for accident claims and nothing else. Not only are they highly experienced in the Michigan Auto Law and injury cases in general but they are all fully qualified to handle all aspects of your case, from negotiating a deal to going to trial and everything in between. The Schnitzer attorneys’ will be there from the beginning to the end of your case and everywhere in between. Ask your attorney how many cases he has tried before a jury to conclusion and to show you the results. The insurance companies know which attorneys can try a case and get the jury to award big damages and which ones can’t. Insurance companies will pay attorneys with a proven track record of large verdicts much more then those without a track record. The attorneys at Schnitzerlaw will be happy to show you one of their large rooms at the offices devoted to all the Jury verdicts and settlements that establish that Schnitzerlaw has a track record of millions of dollars of recoveries. This will be part of the free consultation with Schnitzer law. The newspaper articles and settlement amounts are proudly framed on the walls reflecting high settlements and verdicts spanning over two decades of six and seven figure settlements and verdicts.

Other questions that should be asked when you are looking for an auto accident attorney revolve around disciplinary actions. Whenever an attorney or practice does something that is unethical the Michigan state bar will know about it. When they are reported, an investigation is started with disciplinary action to follow. The Law Offices Of Bret A. Schnitzer, P.C. have never been even investigated to the state board. They have a spotless reputation of helping their clients get the representation they need in their accident claims. This is one of the most important questions to ask any law firm when shopping around for a qualified attorney to represent you. There is no real way to fully trust your attorney if you know they have had issues in the past with the bar association that would suggest they have an unethical law practice. With Schnitzer law firm, you do not need to worry about any past or present legal problems associated with the entire firm and all of the attorneys who practice within the firm. While addressing the issue of ethical conduct, a law firm is not allowed to directly solicit a client except by mail. In other words if you received a call out of no where by a lawyer or their agent, that is called solicitation and is not ethical conduct. If this occurs to you, you should seek another attorney to represent you. That is unethical conduct and if an attorney is willing to do that, clearly that is not an attorney you want in your corner.

Other questions should have to do with the payment that is expected from the attorney. Most people assume that all lawyers require payment up front, but when it comes to auto and injury attorneys like those found in the Schnitzer law firm, they do not collect any payment until you have received a settlement for your case. In other words, they offer all clients a free consultation as well as offering a no-fee guarantee—no attorney fees until we collect for you. This ensures that the attorney on your case will fight for you to the best of their ability since they do not collect unless you do. With attorneys like the ones at Schnitzerlaw who are not getting paid until you do, you can be assured that they will do everything they can to recover as much for you as you are entitled to receive. With over 25 years of outstanding result you will be in good hands. Let us prove it to you. Call the Schnitzer Law Attorneys at (313) 389-2234 for a free consultation. You will be glad you did.

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