How To Obtain a Police Report After a Car Crash

If you’ve been in a car accident and need assistance obtaining a police report, making changes to an incorrect police report or filing a personal injury case for damages, an attorney can help. With a thorough understanding of car accident and personal injury law, the Ft. Lauderdale personal injury firm at Chalik & Chalik Law Offices will work as your legal advocates.

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Filing a police report immediately after the accident is extremely important. It can be a crucial step in recovering compensation. After a police report has been filed, you may need to get a copy of it at a later date or make changes to an incorrect report. For all you need to know about car accident police reports, refer to the following:

How to Get a Copy of a Police Report After an Accident 

How To Obtain a Police Report After a Car Crash

If you’ve been in a car accident and filed a police report, you have the right to obtain a copy of that report. Florida Statute section 316.066 states that parties involved in the crash have the right to obtain a report earlier than the 60-day waiting period that non-involved parties must heed. You can request a copy of the report through your local police department or online, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

If a Filed Police Report is Incorrect 

It’s not uncommon for a police report to contain errors. Luckily, changes to a police report sometimes can be made after the police report is filed. The easiest types of errors to correct are factual ones, such as the make and model of the cars involved, the time of the accident, the weather at the time, the type of insurance, and injuries and damages sustained. If a police report has incorrect information about any facts, you can correct it by producing evidence to the contrary.

The other types of errors that are made in a police report are disputable errors, those based on human opinion. For example, a statement about who was at fault in an accident is a disputable error. These types of police report errors are much harder to correct. If no one witnessed the accident who can produce testimony on your behalf, changing an incorrect police report can be even more difficult. Usually, instead of having the police report modified, you can write your own version of the truth and ask that it be attached to the police report.

How long does a police report last for? 

If you are filing a claim with your insurance company or filing a personal injury suit for damages, you may need access to a police report. Usually, car accident police reports are kept on record for many years, so accessing yours shouldn’t be a problem. Because the statute of limitations in Fort Lauderdale for filing a personal injury case for a car accident is only four years from the date of injury, according to Florida Statutes Chapter 95, your police report should be accessible within this time frame.

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