How to Obtain a Police Report after an Accident
In the aftermath of an accident, the most important thing to do is to seek medical treatment for any injuries you have suffered. Once you have been treated, it is important to start gathering all of the necessary information that you will need for your insurance company and your attorney if you need to take legal action against the person responsible for the crash. One of the essential items you will need to have in your possession is a copy of the police report, detailing the official cause of the crash according to the law enforcement officers on the scene.
If you are planning to pursue a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the accident, it is essential that you or your car accident injury lawyer obtain a copy of the police report.
If you have been hurt in a car accident in Baton Rouge, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to examine the police report and help you with the claims process. There is a reason why so many people in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana have turned to Stephen Babcock to handle their car accident cases, so find out why we are the right choice for you by calling us at (225) 500-5000 today.
How to obtain a police report in Louisiana
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, we recommend that you obtain a copy of the accident report as soon as possible (if you haven’t already done so). Although you will likely have to purchase a copy of the police report, it is a vital piece of evidence, especially if you are trying to secure compensation from the responsible party. The cost to obtain a police report is often $10 for the first page, and $1.00 for every page after that, according to the Baton Rouge police department’s website. There are a few ways to obtain a copy of the police report in Louisiana including the following:
Louisiana State Police Statewide Crash Report– This is a website that allows you to essentially skip the line and get a copy of your accident report online and you can view them immediately. You must enter the driver’s full name, the parish in which the crash occurred, and the date of the accident. Once you have found your report, you will be able to view a limited preview where you can then purchase your report to view the entire document.
Obtain a copy from the agency or officer – Contact the law enforcement agency, municipal police department, or if the officer left his business card, the police officer that helped you with your accident. They will be able to direct you to who has your car accident report. You will most likely be required to submit a record request form either in person or online and then pay a fee. You will be able to receive the report by mail or email.
Why it’s important to obtain and keep the accident report
Obtaining a copy of an accident report is critical to ensuring that you have the official documentation you need for insurance purposes, defense against false claims against you, and the pursuit of compensation if the accident was caused by the reckless actions of another person.
If you decide to pursue legal action against the reckless driver who was responsible for the accident, an accident report is often necessary to help prove your claim. A police report documents everything from the scene of the accident including names of the drivers, the details leading up to the accident, and why caused the accident.
The information in these reports is critical to proving your case in court or to an insurance company. A police report is a legal document authorized by the officer proceeding over your accident, and they are legally required to document everything truthfully. The accident report eliminates any possibility of a “he said she said” situation and provides detailed, accurate information about the accident. If another negligent party caused the collision, then this document will only support your claim in court for compensation for damages or injuries suffered.
Contact a Baton Rouge car wreck lawyer and we will make sure that you have all the necessary paperwork on hand to have a strong case. Our experienced lawyers have been dealing with car accident cases just like yours for years, and we are dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve.
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