Hello again! I’m Rosenberg Morse, and I’m here with you today to help you get the information you need to resolve your legal issues. I’m dedicated to helping the victims of crimes or injuries learn what they need to know to obtain justice for what has happened to them.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, an important piece of evidence used in proving your case is a police or accident report. Depending on what type of accident you were injured in, you might need one or the other, or both. I was talking to a Spokane injury lawyer who reported that many accident and injury victims don’t know how to go about obtaining the legal documents they need to win their insurance claims.
A lawyer can, of course, help you to find and secure the documents you need, but there are likely situations where you will need to do this on your own. For that reason, I’ve put together the general steps so you can know where to start.
Obtaining a Police or Accident Report Where You Live
Every state is a little different with regard to how you obtain traffic or police reports. Here are a few things you need to figure out before you can begin the process:
- You need to know where the accident occurred, who was involved, and which police agency helped with your accident. If it was an auto wreck you were injured in, you will likely be looking to obtain a traffic/crash report. If you were injured in a different type of accident, or your injury was brought about by criminal behavior, you may be after a police report.
- Figuring out which agency responded to your accident is important because many agencies maintain their own records.
- Once you have all the needed information, you can call the agency and request the report. Some agencies allow you to request a report online, in-person, by fax, or by mail. Check with the agency to find out the best way to obtain your report. In some situations, you may have to pay a small fee for the report.
Why do you need a report? Because you will need it to prove an injury claim. Even if you are filing an insurance claim with your own insurance company, they will likely request this documentation.
Rosenberg Morse is Here to Help You Find What You Need
I hope this information was helpful for you and you are able to obtain the police report or accident report you need.
Remember, as a victim, you have rights. I, Rosenberg Morse, believe in decreasing the negative aftereffects of an accident that a victim faces. When you’re able to find the resources you need, the aftermath of an accident can be easier to deal with.