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UPDATED: Jan 11, 2014

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Insurance Question from Chicago, IL

Asked on 01/11/2014

I was found liable for a recent auto accident and the police report has a different license plate # than the car that hit me, HELP! I was involved in an accident which I was found liable for through my insurance company, however, the license plate # listed on the police report for the car that hit me is incorrect, Police did not come to the scene because no one was injured and we were told to go to the station to file the report. The other party had not arrived after waiting for 2 hours so the office told me I could come pick up the report later that night. When I picked it up later that evening I told the officer that the lisence # was incorrect but I had left the paper I wrote it on at home. Officer was unconcerned.

Answer given on January 11, 2014

If you were at fault in an auto accident, your insurance company will handle the settlement with the other party. You do not have to obtain the police report, as your insurance company will obtain it and then contact the other party.If there is incorrect information on the report, and it was not intentional or through any fault of your own, you do not need to worry. Again, your insurance company will work on this and they can contact the police department if they have any problem obtaining the information on the other driver. The police will cooperate with the insurance company but many times they will not, or cannot, give you information on the other party.Just let your insurance company handle this and if they need any additional information from you they can contact you. If there is damage to your car, and you had collision insurance, your company will settle that part with you.


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