If you have been involved in an accident, the police report will contain crucial and helpful information.
- It will contain the other driver’s identity, address and telephone number;
- It will identify the owner of the other vehicle, their address and insurance information;
- If the vehicles were towed, it will identify the tow truck company and location;
- It may also contain the investigating officer’s opinion of who caused the accident, if there were any defects in the roadway, if drugs or alcohol was involved, laws violated, etc.
All of this information is helpful and needed to report the accident to the other driver’s insurance carrier. It is important to keep in mind that the police officer that investigated the accident probably did not witness it. He/she simply documented what they observed at the scene and what they were told. If the police report contains information that is not accurate it is important to take corrective action as there could be legal ramifications.
Sometimes people are intimidated by the process and do not want to go to a Police station to obtain their police report. In those instances, a person can obtain the police report in other ways.
- With no obligation Kester Law Group can pick up a copy of your police report for you;
- If your accident occurred in Phoenix, Arizona, you can request a copy of the report online. You will need the incident number and other driver’s last name. There are no fees charged;
- Mail a request to the police agency that investigated the accident. There are usually copy fees associated. This is not the best option because there is often a backlog. Some agencies, Phoenix Police, are running behind by 4 months or more. If Phoenix Police investigated the accident you would mail your request to:
Code Enforcement Unit – Public Records
1717 East Grant St. Suite#100
Phoenix, AZ 85034-3401