Understanding the Police Accident Report: Key to Proving Fault in Tennessee Car Accidents

Understanding the Police Accident Report: Key to Proving Fault in Tennessee Car Accidents

Jay Stillman

2 min read

One of the most frequent questions we hear at Stillman and Friedland is, “Do I have a case?” If you find yourself involved in a car accident in Nashville or anywhere in Tennessee, the police accident report can play a pivotal role in determining fault, especially when there are no witnesses other than the drivers involved.

The Importance of a Police Accident Report

When accidents occur, the details in the police report often become the foundation for determining fault. Whether it’s a straightforward scenario like a rear-end collision or more complex situations, the officer’s report is critical.

  • Immediate Action: If the other driver is at fault, obtaining an accident report right away is crucial. This document moves your claim beyond a “he said, she said” situation to one supported by official records.
  • Detailed Communication: When speaking with police, clarity and respect are key. Clearly state the facts and keep to the essentials to ensure your side is accurately documented.
  • Advanced Measures: If you suspect impaired or distracted driving, mention your concerns to the officer. Technologies like breathalyzers, drug tests, and reviews of cellphone activity can support your claim, bolstered by black box data in newer vehicles.

What If the Report Is Against You?

Not all police reports may initially work in your favor. If you find discrepancies or omissions:

  • Request a Review: You have the right to request a correction to the police report if it contains inaccuracies.
  • Legal Support: Our team at Stillman & Friedland can obtain the report, review it with you, and discuss your legal options—all at no charge.

Additional Factors Influencing Your Case

  • Driving Records: A clean driving history can strengthen your case. In Tennessee, a personal driving record (MVR) is obtainable for just $5 and can provide compelling evidence in your favor.
  • Insurance Considerations: If dealing with an uninsured driver, uninsured motorist insurance becomes your best route for compensation. Remember, Tennessee ranks high for uninsured drivers—a critical factor in your financial strategy post-accident.


Understanding the nuances of a police accident report and how it can affect your accident claim is essential. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident, Stillman & Friedland Attorneys are here to help. Our experienced team can guide you through the legal process, ensuring you understand your rights and options. Call our Nashville team at 615-244-2111 for a free, confidential consultation. You can also reach out via our live chat or online contact form.

Stay safe out there, Nashville.

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