An accident report, also known as the crash report or an incident report, is the formal document completed by the officer present at the accident, accounting for all pertinent information regarding the incident. It contains the official report after law enforcement has conducted its investigation.
An accident report is typically required for insurance claims or lawsuits, given its official capacity for the accident. It is also essential since it contains information that provides a third party who was not at the scene of the accident to assess what happened.
Under Louisiana Revised Statutes Sections 32:398, an accident report is required for accidents that result in either:
The law enforcement officer who was present at the car accident scene and investigated the incident will write the report. If the Louisiana State Police investigated the accident, the investigating law enforcement officer is supposed to forward their written report of the accident to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections within forty-eight hours upon their completion of their investigation. In reality, it usually takes at least seven to ten days before the officer can complete the investigation and submit the report. However, suppose the accident occurred within the limits of a parish, city or town. In that case, the investigating officer will forward their report to the sheriff’s office or the police department. A copy is supposed to go the Department of Public Safety and Corrections within the same forty-eight hours limit upon the conclusion of their investigation. However, that often does not happen.
A police accident report contains all the pertinent information referring to the accident, including:
Generally, a police accident report is available seven days after the officer has completed their collision investigation. It is beneficial to request the accident report through your legal counsel to ensure that it is asked for and delivered correctly. Moreover, an attorney can address any issues on the information to the investigating law enforcement officer to ensure the integrity and accuracy of the accident report.
There are numerous ways one can obtain an accident report for their car accident. Some of the ways they can get a copy of the report are through the following:
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