Understanding Your Police Accident Report

After a car accident, there are many steps to take and the pressure can feel overwhelming. One of these steps is to complete and obtain a copy of your California traffic accident report. What is a police accident report? What information does it include? How can you get a copy?

An experienced car accident attorney can help you understand your police accident report and answer other questions about documents you may need to bring an effective insurance claim or lawsuit. Contact Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, to speak with a Los Angeles-based lawyer about your car accident and your police accident report.

What Will Be Included in Your Traffic Accident Report?

Police accident reports tend to include information about the accident and the individuals involved, including:

  • The location, date and time of the car accident
  • A description of the accident, including damages and injuries
  • The names, addresses, birth dates and license numbers of all drivers involved in the accident
  • The names and addresses of the owners of the vehicles involved in the accident
  • The license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the car accident
  • Insurance companies and policy numbers
  • The insurance policyholders' contact information

A police report can be a helpful tool during a car accident lawsuit. It can provide information regarding what the police and certain witnesses believe caused the accident and the damage. In fact, the police accident report can be one of the most authoritative documents in a car accident case. That is why it is so important for you to use details when you file an accident report and why you should obtain a copy of the report after your accident.

How Can You Get a Copy of Your CHP Collision Report?

If you were involved in an accident on a California highway, you can ask the California Highway Patrol for a copy of the investigated collision report by going to the CHP office or mailing in a CHP 190, Application for Release of Information, and a copy of your driver's license. A CHP report can cost between $10 and $40 depending on how many pages it contains ($10 for one to 25 pages, for example).

Obtaining Copies of Other Traffic Collision Reports

The police officer who investigated your accident will have a copy of your traffic collision report. For example, if you were involved in a Los Angeles car accident, you can request a copy of your traffic collision report by sending a request to the Records & Identification Division. You must include a $23 check or money order, the location of the parties to the accident (if you know it), the type of report (traffic), the date and location of the accident, and your license number.

Your attorney can also request your traffic collision report for you.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, we have the resources, experience and dedication to handle the legal aspects of your car accident while you focus on recovering. Call us at 866-738-0973 or contact us online.