The following discussion explores incident reports as a type of police communication during a motor vehicle accident. During a motor vehicle accident, an incident report captures and documents injuries, if any, the accident’s cause, the vehicle details, including insurance, the use, driver details, the statement by the driver, and passengers.
The incident report can be used to analyze and investigate the accident, which includes the root cause, in a lawsuit or by insurance companies.
The benefit of Incidence Report
An incident report captures the accident’s root causes and correction mechanism to eradicate the risks and prevent future accidents of the exact nature. For instance, if the accident occurs because of a lack of a bump or road safety signs, the policymakers can use the report to correct the errors. The incident report serves as a safety document, indicating potential risks and hazards in our road systems. Besides, an incident report facilitates the processing of insurance claims for the vehicle (Johnson, 2003). The police’s incident report serves as official documentation of what happened. Therefore, the insurance company can process the claim faster, incorporating the true value of the accident than just relying on your words against the company.
The downfall of Incident Report
The report may fail to capture fundamental details, including the third party passenger who passes on while in hospital, hence giving an incorrect value of the claim. Inaccurate reporting also happens when the police offers at the site of the accident are not experienced or responsible enough to capture details or may not be friendly. Such deficiencies may lead to loss of insurance claim and cost the drivers time and money.
Johnson, C. W. (2003). A handbook of incident and accident reporting. Cité dans la, 115.