Car accident reports, whether written by the California Highway Patrol, the county sheriff’s department, or the local police department are going to contain the names, addresses and driver’s license numbers of both parties and will include height, weight, gender, race.

They will typically also contain the police officer’s opinion as to who was at fault. They will usually contain a diagram if there is an injury in the accident, and they will also contain witness statements; not only statements from the parties themselves that were in the accident, but independent witnesses who happened to see them. It’s useful for an injured person to know that usually when a police officer states an opinion in the police report, it’s just that, it’s just an opinion. It’s not admissible in court, even if the police officer says it’s his opinion that a certain person is at fault.

As a general rule, the police officer did not see the accident and so it’s useful to know that a skilled personal injury attorney will have a number of accident reconstruction experts to turn to and these people will have a lot more time than a police officer to really look at the skid marks, look at the vehicle damage and come to a conclusion as to speed, distance, etc.