If you were involved in a crash, a police officer likely came to the scene to conduct an unbiased investigation and generate a crash report. This can be especially helpful if you weren't able to take pictures of the crash scene or speak to witnesses due to a severe injury.
A police report is one of the most important pieces of evidence to support your claim. It provides a basis for how your crash occurred and who was at fault. Furthermore, your attorney can use a detailed police report to gather further evidence.
What details will be included in my police report?
Police officers know how to investigate and assess crash scenes, as well as document the details. Police reports often include:
- The time, date, and locations of the crash
- The contact and insurance information of the other driver involved
- Statements made by both you and the other driver
- Statements made by witnesses
- Details and factors that lead to the crash
- Any injuries sustained by either driver
- Damage inflicted on all vehicles involved
- A diagram of the crash based on the physical evidence
- Photos of the crash scene
- Weather or road conditions that could have contributed to the crash
- Any citations that were issued or arrests made
How can I obtain a copy of my police report?
You may obtain a copy of your police report by filling out an application, submitting it to the City of Philadelphia Department of Records and paying a $25 fee. Payment options include cash, money order, business or bank check payable to the City of Philadelphia. Personal checks are not accepted.
You must submit your applications by:
- Mail: Records Department, Room 170, Philadelphia PA. 19107, ATTN: Accident Reports. You must also include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your application and $25 payment.
- In-person (M-F 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.): Records Department, Room 170 City Hall.
What can A car accident attorney do for me?
All you really have to do after your crash is report it to your insurance company (keep comments to a minimum), get medical attention and consult with an experienced Philadelphia car accident attorney. Never, under any circumstance, should you speak to the at-fault driver's insurance company. If they attempt to contact you (which they likely will), simply tell them to contact your attorney.
The legal team at The Hanamirian Firm, PC can handle the rest. We have been fighting for the rights of injured motorists throughout Philadelphia since our firm was founded in 1985. Our case results speak for themselves.
We offer free case evaluations and won't charge you any money unless we win your case. Contact us online or call us at (215) 735.4235 to find out how we can help you.