How to get a free Police Collision Report
After an accident in the Puget Sound, many people want to see the police accident report.
Since most people have never seen such a report or know what it includes, we wanted to give information on why a collision report is so important, what it does and does not say, and how you can get a copy.
Why is it important to get a copy of the police collision report after an injury or fatality accident?
When a serious crash occurs, the local law enforcement agency typically responds to the crash site and gathers information like:
- the date, time of day, and weather conditions at the time of the crash;
- the names, addresses, and contact information of those involved;
- the names and contact information of any witnesses;
- the insurance policy information of the drivers;
- a hand-drawn diagram of the crash scene;
- a description of the damage to all vehicles, and whether a vehicle was towed;
- the name and badge number of the responding law enforcement officer.
What are the main reasons to get a copy of your police collision report?
There are many reasons you should get your accident report after a Pacific Northwest crash, including:
Injured people need to describe their crash to doctors who use that information to diagnose injuries.
Insurance adjusters want a clear description of the accident, how it happened, and who was at fault.
The people involved in the accident want to make sure that the information on the police collision report is correct.
How can you get a copy of a accident report?
One way to get a copy of your accident report is to contact the law enforcement agency that responded to the crash scene. Most agencies have information on their websites with instructions on how to request this. For smaller agencies, a phone call or personal visit to the office may be the only option.
For some less serious accidents, a law enforcement officer may not visit the crash site. In this case, you should file your own accident report with the local law enforcement agency, so that a report is on file and can be referenced by your insurance adjuster.
When an accident is serious or fatal, personal injury attorney Bill Coats will get a copy of the police report for his clients
Part of the service Bill Coats provides is to acquire a copy of the police collision report, as well as all medical records and bills, all insurance documents, and other related documents. Bill also helps clients by:
dealing with phone calls, emails, and faxes from aggressive insurance adjusters;
handling all of the paperwork and forms related to your claim;
making recorded or videotapes statements;
dealing with medical providers and collections agencies;
preventing you from being pressured into settling your claim for less than it's worth.
If you were involved in a serious injury accident and you would like a copy of your police collision report, contact us today. We can help.