How Do I Get a Copy of My Traffic Accident Report in Kentucky?
For Kentucky drivers, obtaining a copy of the collision report is not difficult. While you can request a copy from the law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police, the easiest and quickest way to obtain the report is to purchase it online.
Kentucky law enforcement makes reports available to the public through BuyCrash. The website is a LexisNexis product and offers copies of Kentucky collision reports online. For a fee, you can view, print, and save a copy of your collision report.
If you don’t want to bother with obtaining a copy of your report, our Kentucky car accident attorney can handle that for you. As part of our investigation, we request a copy of the crash report. The report has valuable information that assists in our investigation.
What Information Can I Get from a Traffic Accident Report?
Your report contains a variety of information pertaining to the accident. Some of the data our attorneys may obtain from the collision report include:
- Names and addresses of each driver
- License number and insurance information for each driver
- Date, time, and location of the crash
- Detailed description of each vehicle
- Estimated cost of repairs
- Diagram of the accident scene
- Description of what occurred, as reported by the officer
- Weather and road conditions
- If injuries were reported at the accident scene and whether an ambulance transported anyone to the hospital
- Whether a driver was distracted, drunk, or admitted fault
- If either driver contributed to the cause of the collision
- Names and addresses of any persons involved in the accident
It is very important to review a copy of your accident report as soon as possible to note any errors or omissions. If you believe there is an error, you need to report the error to the officer who completed the report and request the report be amended to correct the information. However, if you disagree with the reason for the accident or whether you contributed to the cause of the collision, the officer is not likely to amend this information without very convincing evidence that he was incorrect in his investigation.
Can the Report be Used as Evidence?
A traffic report cannot usually be used as evidence in a trial. However, it is still important to obtain a copy as quickly as possible. In addition to the information we obtain from the report, it is important to know if the officer has charged either driver with a traffic violation. While this is not concrete evidence that a driver was at fault, it can be used when negotiating with an insurance company for a settlement of the claim.