What Information Goes Onto a Car Accident Police Report?


Getting into a car accident is stressful enough. Then there’s the added anxiety that comes with not knowing what to expect next. One good thing is that after reading this blog, you’ll have some insight on filling out the accident report. So read on, pay attention, and take notes on what information to include in an auto accident police report.

Do I Need to File a Police Report for a Car Accident in Florida?

While some motorists prefer to keep things simple and just exchange information with all parties involved in an accident, Florida Law requires a police report in the following circumstances:

  • The driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Any of the cars were totaled or had to be towed
  • A commercial motor vehicle was involved
  • There was a death, personal injury, or someone complaining of pain or discomfort

With any of the above scenarios, all parties involved are required to provide their full name, home address, and car insurance information as well as the date, time, and location of the accident.

Despite the stress that comes with being involved in an auto accident, it’s important to pay attention to as many details as possible. When filling out a report, always include the following information:

  • Names and contact information of all passengers and witnesses
  • Descriptions of all vehicles involved in the accident
  • The exact location of the accident. Look around for street signs, landmarks, and surveillance videos
  • Names of the insurance companies for the parties involved
  • Name, badge number, and law enforcement agency of the police officer

All this information is necessary for two reasons: (1) It’ll help you prepare for any litigation that may ensue as a result of the accident, and (b) failing to include this information is a nonmoving traffic violation. But don’t freak out about this factor: If the parties are too injured to complete a police report at the time of the accident, law enforcement may void the infraction.

Once the report is complete, review it carefully. Make sure that all information is correct. Should the case end up in a lawsuit, you don’t want incorrect data to negatively affect your chance to recover damages.

How Long do you Have to File a Police Report After an Accident?

An accident report must be completed and submitted to the law enforcement department within 10 days of the incident.

How to Get a Police Report for a Car Accident

Car accident reports are available to all parties involved in the crash, their legal representatives, licensed insurance agents, law enforcement, the Department of Transportation, victim service programs, and the media.

To obtain a copy, you will be required to present a valid driver’s license or other photo ID and file a written sworn statement attesting to the fact that you fall into one of the categories mentioned above.

If You’ve Been in a Car Accident, Call us at Clark Hartpence Law for a Free Consultation

If you or someone you love was involved in a car accident, call us at (855) 680-4911 or schedule a free consultation. The longer you wait, you risk losing the opportunity to file for certain types of damages or obtain evidence for your case.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and does not create an attorney/client relationship.