The best way to look up or obtain an accident report is to go to the source of the report. For instance, if you were in a slip and fall accident, the source of the report may be the property owner or manager. In an auto accident that involves an injury, you may be able to get the accident report from the reporting officer.
If the information is available online, you may be able to go to an official website to view or download the report. If you are working with an attorney, they can obtain a copy of almost any type of accident report.
View or Order an Auto Accident Report Online
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records and keeps a copy of your accident report online. Accessing your report only takes a few easy steps including:
- Perform a free limited search to make sure your report is available.
- Perform a paid search using your DMV accident case number, license number, or license plate number.
- Order your accident report directly from the DMV site.
- Download the report or have it mailed to your home.
Since we handle cases in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, visiting one of the following DMV websites puts you in the right place for obtaining an auto accident report: New York Department of Motor Vehicles, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, and Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles.
Available Information on an Auto Accident Report
Car accident reports can be complicated and difficult to read. Police or DMV reports contain codes, symbols, and abbreviations, often without explanation. Below is a brief explanation of some of the important information you need to know.
Auto accident reports contain the following information:
Number of People Injured
This is one of the first items that an insurance company may look at. The number in the box indicates the number of people who were injured in the accident. If the number is incorrect, you may have a difficult time convincing the insurance company that the rest of the report is correct or that you were among the injured.
There is a section that highlights the details of the injuries including:
- Physical location of the injuries
- The type of injury
- The severity of the injury
You can also view the codes that correlate to the injury. Make sure that the codes are correct and that the injury information is correct. This is important when your attorney helps you submit your personal injury claim.
Cause of Accident
There is a section that contains information about the causes of the accident. It includes several codes that may indicate texting, road rage, unsafe speed, tailgating, driver inexperience, or driving under the influence. The codes for all reported causes can be found in the accident report.
Additional Information on Your Auto Accident Report
Page one of the accident report contains the immediate information you need to know in the clearest and concise manner possible. Your accident report may also include additional information such as:
- Codes for page one located on page two and three
- Codes for types of injuries on page four
- Codes for hospitals on page five and six
- Truck/bus classification information on page seven
Accidents involving commercial vehicles such as buses or trucks cause more severe injuries and property damage. There are pages designated for these types of auto accidents. You may be able to find information for buses, 18-wheelers, delivery trucks, or other large-scale commercial vehicles. Truck type and other relevant information are provided by code.
Getting Help from Morelli Law Firm
Accident reports are not always accurate. Consequently, they can hurt your personal injury case when dealing with insurance companies. One wrong code number or omission can make it difficult to prove your case. For this reason, you may want to consider consulting a truck accident lawyer.
Morelli Law Firm can help you with your case. We can investigate your case to discover the facts surrounding your injuries. We can also review your accident, speak with eyewitnesses, hire expert witnesses, and look at your medical report to assess what really happened and what your case is worth.
Contact our law firm to get started with your claim. Get a free case review with a truck accident lawyer at (212) 751-9800.