How Do I Obtain Copy of The Collision Report for My Connecticut Car Accident?
One of the easiest ways to get a copy of your Connecticut accident report is to purchase the report online through BuyCrash. Most of the state’s police departments participate in this online crash report system. For a fee, you can obtain a copy of your report and any additional information attached to the report. However, you may also obtain a copy of your report from the law enforcement agency that responded to the crash scene.
As experienced Connecticut car accident attorneys, we know the easiest and quickest ways to obtain accident reports. Various law enforcement agencies handle requests for reports in different ways. Instead of trying to research how to request a police report for a motor vehicle accident, let our attorneys do this for you. You have more important matters to deal with, such as your health and your family’s well-being.
What if My Collision Report is Not Available on BuyCrash?
Pursuant to Connecticut Public Act 90-143, the Department of Motor Vehicles no longer has jurisdiction of accident reporting. Copies of official accident reports can be obtained from the police department that responded to the crash.
Each police department has its own system of handling copy requests. Some offices may require that you appear in person while others may offer online or mailed request for copies. To determine how to get a copy of your report, you must contact the police department directly. If you don’t know how to contact the police department that responded to your collision, you can begin by accessing the contact information for the city or county where the accident occurred. A list of Connecticut cities and counties with contact information is available online.
State police reports can be requested through BuyCrash or by mail for a fee. The mailing address to request an accident report filed by a state trooper is Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Division of State Police, Reports and Records, 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT 06457. However, state police reports requested by mail have a 9-month backlog but can be obtained immediately if requested in person at state police barracks. Walk-in hours for reports and records are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
What Should I Do If the Report Contains Errors?
As soon as you obtain a copy of the accident report, review all information to confirm it is correct. If you find missing information or errors, contact the police department or state police immediately to request that the error is corrected. However, if the “error” is that you disagree with the findings of the officer, you probably will not be able to have that information changed. While you can request that an addendum with your statement be added to the report, the officer may or may not grant this request.
Obtaining a copy of the collision report is a key step in the process of filing an accident claim. The report contains information that we can use in our investigation into the cause of your accident. We understand that you may not have the time to deal with the hassle of requesting a copy of the report or attempting to correct an error on the report. Our legal team is here to help you with this step to help relieve some of the stress you are experiencing because of the accident.