Obtaining Your Police Report After A Crash
If you are a party involved in a car accident, there are several things you need to do after the crash in order to prepare a car insurance claim. One of the most important things you should never overlook is getting a copy of the car crash report filled by the responding officer.
A car accident insurance claim without a car crash report will be incomplete, increasing the risk of claim denial or a low settlement offer. In order to receive the full value of your insurance claim, it is required that you include all possible information pertaining the crash – and the car crash report offers everything the faulty part’s insurer needs to know about the events.
The process for obtaining a copy of your car crash report depends strictly on which agency investigated the crash. Usually, this is a simple process that can be successfully accomplished by following a few steps. The first step is calling the officer who responded to your accident and compiled the report. Explain to him who you are, and perhaps give him a couple of details regarding the accident to help him remember. If you cannot reach him, leave him a message and give a brief reason as to why you are calling, along with your name and a number you can be reached at.
If you cannot recall the responding officer’s name or department, there are two possibilities to identify the agency that investigated the auto accident. If the accident took place within a town or a city, call the municipal police department. On the other hand, if the accident took place outside of your city or town, call either the State Highway Patrol or the Sheriff’s Department.
If the responding officer is unable to help you, consider speaking to a receptionist with the police department, or call your local courthouse and ask for a clerk. This will help you determine what department has your car crash report, and you will only need to go to the courthouse or police station to get a copy. Most of the time, you will need to pay a fee for getting the report, which is usually 10-15 cents per single-sided page. You will be asked to complete a Record Request Form, which can be found online or at the department in question. You have the option to submit it online, by mail or in person.
However, if you are unable to get your car crash report from either the clerk or police department, the next step is calling either your insurer or the other party’s insurer, as they may have it. If so, ask him to mail a copy to you.
If you would like to discuss your accident with a professional Brevard County personal injury lawyer, contact the Nance Cacciatore law firm today. With 150 years of collective legal experience, our firm can handle personal injury cases, civil litigation, and insurance claims. We will discuss your case and guide you through the process of receiving the full value of your insurance claim, and also provide our full attention to your needs.
- Self-driving trucks promise to be cheaper and s...
- Rollovers occur when a vehicle flips in a viole...
- That’s what Board Civil Trial Attorney James N ...
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safet...
- Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington and L...
- March 2017
- April 2016
- March 2016
- February 2016
- December 2015
- June 2015
- May 2015
- April 2015
- March 2015
- February 2015
- December 2014
- November 2014
- October 2014
- September 2014
- August 2014
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- March 2014
- February 2014
- January 2014
- December 2013
- November 2013
- October 2013
- March 2013