Police Reports = NOT Admissible Evidence

You may be surprised to learn that a police report is NOT evidence admissible in California’s court of law. California Vehicle Code, Section 20013 states in relevant part that:

“No such accident report shall be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal, arising out of an accident…”

For more information, click into the California Department of Motor Vehicle website and read Vehicle Code, Section 20013.

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Allister R. Liao is a bilingual English-Chinese attorney. He represents injured victims of negligence.

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  1. Vigilance and keeping a proper lookout. Drivers have a duty to be alert and to maintain a careful lookout for other vehicles, pedestrians, and road hazards. Drivers are expected to see the things that an ordinary, prudent person would see. A failure to keep a proper lookout — by, for example, failing to take care when driving by a road construction site or a school crossing — can constitute negligence.