One of the first things someone should do after being in an auto accident is to obtain a police report. However, most people do not know how to obtain these. Here are some easy steps to follow to get the report!
To obtain a police report after an auto accident, your initial step would be to contact the Police Department. You should call the non-emergency number for the office that responded to the accident. Once you contact the department, ask them for guidance or advice on how to obtain a copy of the police report.
Depending on the police station, some may require you to request a copy of the police report in person, while others may have an online portal to request the report. If visiting in person, the hours and location of the station can usually be found on the police station’s website. Be sure to ask questions about the process and any specific documents or information you need to provide to obtain the report. If requesting online, simply go to the police station’s website to find the portal and needed information. Common examples of supporting details include the date, time, and location of the accident. Also, the police station may want to know the names of any parties that were involved in the accident.
Fees and Timelines
Some police stations require a fee for providing a copy of the report. You should inquire at the specific police station about any associated costs and payment methods that the station may have. After providing the information and payment, allow time for the station to process the request. It may take a few days or weeks for the police report to be available after an accident, it all depends on the specific police station.
Once the report is ready, you will either need to pick up the report in person or receive it online. If picking up the report in person, find out the location and office hours on the police station’s website. If the report can be mailed or downloaded, simply follow the provided instructions from the website.
Reach Out to Our Team for Guidance on Obtaining a Police Report
Keep in mind that the process may vary by jurisdiction, so it is advisable to contact the specific police department involved in the accident for accurate and detailed information. If you have any more questions during the process, the best way to obtain the needed information is to either call the specific police station or look on their website. For additional guidance on obtaining a police report after an accident or other legal matters, reach out to Boyk Law Offices today.