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Dec 11, 2013 7:29 PM

New Police Crash Investigation Policy Leaves Loopholes

CORPUS CHRISTI - Jurgen Huck wonders why police even bothered to show up that day.

When in a sporty SUV sideswiped him at the intersection of S.P.I.D and Ennis Joslin Dr., he filled out the form police gave him.

His wife, who was following behind, rear-ended Jurgen. He said repairing her car cost ten thousand dollars and that crash totaled his Mercedes.
Jurgen said three police officers came but didn't file a report.

"Three police cars came, they told me they can't write any report at the instruction of the chief," he said.

They told him to exchange forms with the other driver, checked to make sure everyone was okay, and left.

Under the city's new time-saving policy, officers no longer stick around at minor car crashes.

And KRIS 6 News reported yesterday, it is saving hundreds of man-hours each month.

But Huck, an industrial engineer,, said he feels stuck in the middle.

"I do feel very frustrated," he said on Wednesday. "I'm in the middle. I've got to fight on my own and insurance companies got to fight it out. I've got to fight them which shouldn't be needed in an instance like this."

Huck said he's still being considered at-fault for some of the damages and without a police report, he's having a hard time proving otherwise.

Police spent hours today searching for video of the accident because there was no report or incident number.

They finally found video that showed the officers followed the policy and because the driver admitted fault, everyone had valid insurance and no one was seriously hurt, they left.

But a local attorney said the policy is leaving a large loophole in he insurance claims process.

Timothy Raub said police underestimate their importance in car crashes, even minor ones.

He said some drivers - and insurance companies - will take advantage of the loophole. He said it may be asking too much for drivers to fill out crash forms after an accident, particularly when they have ten days to do it.

"Some people aren't going to do it because frankly they don't want to mess with it because they don't have the time," Raub told KRIS 6 News. "Other people are actually changing their story because they don't want to be accountable for them causing the accident."

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