What is Included in a Police Report of a Car Accident?

Following a car accident, at least one police officer should arrive at the scene. It is their responsibility to not only assist injury victims in the aftermath of a collision, but also to file a report of the events. A car accident police report provides an account of how the collision occurred, who was involved, and other details that will aid in the investigation of the case later in the claims process.

Specifically, a police report on a motor vehicle collision will include:

  • Drivers’ names, addresses, and phone numbers
  • Passengers’ contact information
  • Witness’s contact information
  • Drivers’ insurance information
  • Event accounts from all involved parties
  • Time and date of the accident
  • Accident location
  • Vehicle damage descriptions (may include diagrams and photographs)
  • Injury descriptions
  • Traffic law violations that were committed, and information on any action the police officer took (issuing tickets, administering a breathalyzer test, etc.)
  • Information on outside variables such as weather and road conditions
  • Potential causes of the accident
  • Identification of a liable party

The police report is a comprehensive, third-party account of a car accident. Ideally, each driver will be able to rely on a police report to use as evidence in their collision claim.

What isn’t Included in a Police Report? — Additional Evidence You Will Need

Although a quality police report will have a lot of information on the accident itself, it often does not describe how the accident affected the involved parties. Aside from initial descriptions of injuries and vehicle damage, the police report will not exhibit the true impact of a collision. You will need to retain medical documentation of your injuries and treatment to show the specific conditions that resulted from the collision, and how it has impacted your health and finances. You should also keep all other financial records that show the financial effects of the accident’s aftermath. With these pieces of evidence and the accident report, you can build a case for recovering compensation.

McHargue & Jones, LLC can help you recover compensation if you were injured in a car accident. Send us a message or call (312) 487-2461 for a free case evaluation from our lawyers.