How to Get Police Reports for an Accident You Were Involved In

By Jess Jones
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After you have been involved in a car accident, you have several things to think about. You need to take care of any injuries, have your vehicle towed if it can't be safely operated, and exchange contact and insurance information. One important step most individuals forget to do is obtain a copy of the police report from the accident. No matter what the police are called for, you should always ask for the business card of the responding officer.

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Call the number listed on the business card of the responding officer.

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Explain to the office about the accident you were in to jog his/her memory and then ask how to obtain the police report. If the officer doesn't answer, leave a detailed message with the time, date, location, your name, and number at which you can be reached.

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Call your local courthouse and ask the clerk how you can obtain a copy of the police report if the officer can't help. You may be required to drive to the courthouse to pick up a copy of the report. There may also be a fee. Bring cash.

Call both your insurance company and the insurance company of the other person who was involved in the accident if calling the courthouse doesn't yield results. Ask for a copy of the police report. They may mail it to you.

About the Author

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.

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