One of the first things you must do after a car accident is to obtain a copy of the police report.
If you have never been in a serious car accident or truck accident before, you may not know how to go about this. You’re fielding calls from the insurance companies, making doctors’ appointments, and maybe even arranging to take time off work. It can be an overwhelming time. But the police report will have vital information that you will need to receive fair compensation for your injuries.
How do I get a police report?
To get a copy of your accident report, contact the police department that reported to your accident and submit a request. The application to obtain a copy of the police report can usually be done in person, via mail or online via the police department website, depending on the department. For instance, the Pennsylvania State Police asks you to apply via mail. It may take up to two weeks for the police report to be ready, so don’t worry if it is not available right away. There may be a fee of $15-25 to obtain the report. If you have any trouble obtaining your crash report, an attorney can help you to obtain it as well.
Why do I need a police report?
The crash report for your accident will contain crucial information about your case. This may include:
- Names and contact information of the parties involved
- A description of how and where exactly the accident occurred
- Any citations given
- An indication of who was deemed at fault for the accident
Without the report, you will have trouble proving your side of the story.
The days following a car accident can prove overwhelming. An experienced and compassionate car accident lawyer can help you navigate this process and answer any questions you may have along the way.