Should I Fill Out a Driver’s Crash Report or Blue Form (CR-2) After an Accident?
A Blue Form is basically a self-report that you complete after you have experienced a non-injury accident. Instead of completing a formal police accident report by an officer, many times police will encourage you to fill out a blue form. If you are injured though, tell the officer or dispatcher so that they will make an official report. The “blue form” is simply a document where you detail the events that occurred prior to, during, and after the car accident or truck accident. While many people encourage you to complete a blue form, you should be cautious about submitting one without further advice from a knowledgeable attorney.
Blue Forms Are Often Not Very Helpful
In most cases, both parties will file a blue form and they become little more than written versions of “he said – she said.” There is nothing about the form that verifies the statements to be correct or accurate depictions of what happened. It is simply your statement versus the opposing party’s statement. In these kinds of cases, blue forms are generally not very helpful. When statements are reduced to this they provide very little assistance in determining fault.
Typically, the only time these blue forms are put to use is when they can be used against the person who wrote them. More often than not, blue forms are used by opposing parties, the court, and insurance companies as a way to try and prove that you are at fault. This finding could result in you not being properly compensated for your damages or could even cause you to reimburse another party for their loss.
Blue Forms Often Cause You More Harm Than Good
Everything that you write in a blue form is considered an official document and can be admitted into evidence at trial; it’s essentially a recorded statement. While this may occasionally help your case, in many instances, it can be incredibly detrimental. Frequently people make casual or silly mistakes when retelling a story. We often mix up the name of a person, or invert the numbers of an address or phone number. Anything that you write incorrectly on the blue form can be used against you by opposing parties or insurance companies. If you confuse what street you were driving on when you had your car accident, or if you simply write the incorrect speed you were driving at the time of the collision, the court or the insurance company can use this report as a voluntary admission on your part. A simple mistake like this would be extremely harmful in your case.
You should always consult an attorney before filing a blue form because the trial and insurance process is incredibly complex. If you are not experienced and knowledgeable about how different kinds of information are utilized in court proceedings, you could unknowingly create problems with your case. You need an experienced attorney who understands how each bit of evidence, including a blue form, can be used against you or in your favor.
Additionally, you may write something down that is accurate, but unnecessary to the case ultimately damaging to your argument. For example, say you get in an accident while leaving a parking lot and note in your report that your car was hit when you were leaving Centennial Liquor Store located in that parking lot. The insurance company would see this as a way to claim that you may have been under the influence of alcohol based on your blue form admission. Frankly, where you were coming from was irrelevant, but the insurance company or defense counsel will spin this fact into proof that you were likely intoxicated, when in reality you were completely sober. Including the store in which you were coming from in no way benefits your claim and will easily be more detrimental to your recovery.
Or maybe you write that you were leaving the Kroger grocery store when someone hit your car in the parking lot. Often times in an investigation, insurance companies can access the reports from your “Kroger Plus Card”. Many people do not realize that this card not only gives you discounts when you purchase gas, but it also tracks and records all of your purchases made with that card. The trial court or the insurance company could then access your card, see that you purchased alcohol during that specific visit, and claim that you may have been inebriated when you were driving and, therefore, you were actually at fault.
An admission like this in your blue form could be catastrophic to your case and cause the insurance company to be absolutely unrelenting. If you do choose to submit a blue form, you should always seek advice from a lawyer who is experienced with similar cases and can help you determine what would be the best action. If you have been involved or injured in an automobile accident, call Grossman Law Offices at 1-855-326-0000.