Police officers NOT qualified to report traffic accidents
Posted in the Morganton Forum
#1 Jul 15, 2012
I know this will probably not change things much, but I must write about an ongoing issue in which I have knowledge about an automobile accident "mis handled" by a police officer with a relatively short time and 'NO' experience or training in motor vehicle crash investigations. Someone I know told me that they were in an automobile accident recently, and after a police officer investigated and filed a report, the accident became a totally different event. For some reason, an OPINION with NO QUALIFICATIONS as to offering an OPINION, let alone a valid reason to show how the accident actually happened has resulted in parties involved to be DENIED insurance reimbursement and unless challenged in court, will result in a REVOKED driver being allowed to drive as she pleases with no regard for others on the road !
The point here is this - With the exception of the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Jacksonville, NC Police Department, to the best of my research, no other law enforcement agencies are qualified to make an accurate determination as to how an accident happened and which parties are at fault. If someone out there has information to the contrary, and can prove other law enforcement agencies are qualified, please comment here. Otherwise, drivers beware, the police probably are NOT qualified to determine who is at fault in motor vehicle crashes.
#2 Aug 27, 2012
No police officer or state trooper in NC determines who is "at fault" in any collision. They are trained to determine "contributing circumstances" and the rest usually gets handled in court, should it make it that far.
#3 Aug 28, 2012
Robert if they dont determine who is at fault then why would they write anyone a ticket for an accident? Even if they are there for "contributing circumstances" then they shouldnt contribute in writing a ticket they should just let the courts handle it. But we all know that cops around here arent knowledgeable in alot of things.
#4 Oct 26, 2012
To try and explain this to make you understand it would take too long. I am telling you what comes straight from the NC BLET Books ( What the Cops are taught out of). If you ask any knowledgeable Police Officer, they will tell you they don't determine "fault", because they weren't there to witness the collision. Naturally you can come to conclusions and educated determinations based on what all parties involved say, evidence from the scene, and the physical appearance of the vehicles, and that is where you take all that and have "probable cause" to write a ticket, which is essentially getting "arrested" on a citation instead of going to jail. It would be the same as arresting someone for stealing when you as an officer dont physically see them do it, however you have evidence and information to give you enough to charge them, and the rest of the details / further investigation will surface for court. Hope this helps.
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