Getting into a serious car accident in Massachusetts can leave you facing an onslaught of challenges including physical injuries. Finding out that the other party has falsified information on the police report can make things worse.
Knowing how to react when you have evidence of the other driver’s dishonesty can help you to stay calm as you try to set the record straight.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the extent of your injuries, you may lack the ability to gather evidence at the crash scene. However, if possible, Allstate Insurance recommends that you record critical information including the following:
- Witness accounts of the crash
- Pictures of the vehicular damage
- Pictures of the accident location
- Identification of responding authorities
- A copy of the official accident report and any subsequent investigations
If your injuries prevent you from gathering this evidence at the scene of your accident, relay your version of events to a trusted family member or friend as soon as you can. Include details like your speed, your location and your direction of travel.
Responding with integrity
While you have every right to feel angry that the other party has lied about critical facts of the crash, refrain from arguing with them directly. Maintain consistency in your version of events and comply with requests for information from authorities.
You may choose to enlist the help of an attorney to aid you in organizing the evidence you have. You may press for compensatory damages against the other party as well. Because lying on an accident report is a punishable offense, the other party may face charges or other legal repercussions.