Why You Need a Copy of the Police Report for Your Glendale Traffic Accident
Any Glendale traffic accident comes with its frustrations. If you were injured, you're going to experience more than your fair share of those frustrations and the pain and suffering that go with them. You will deal with doctors, insurance company representatives, physical therapists, nurses, surgeons, pharmacists, your workplace HR department and your boss, loads of paperwork, police officers, and more. The list of people and things you'll have to consider may seem never-ending at times, and that can make your recovery seem hopeless; you may feel like you're spending more time trying to deal with other people and minutiae than you are spending focusing on your own recovery, figuring out what happened to you, and getting the help you need to get on with your life.
Every person and piece of paperwork you encounter along your journey to recovery has a role to play in the aftermath of your collision, however, and one document that deserves a significant amount of your attention is the police report detailing what happened in your collision. Your police report is important because it helps insurance companies and attorneys to file claims and gives insight into what happened during your collision. There are many things a police report can tell you about your accident.
If you were involved in a Glendale car crash and your accident did not happen on a state road, then a Glendale Police Department officer most likely responded to your collision and you will be able to access your police report through the Records Bureau of this department. There are two ways to access a copy of the police report for your collision: in person or through the online report system. Reports are generally available by either method after seven days from the date of the accident, however, if there were fatalities or a criminal investigation required for the accident, it may take longer to process reports and victims of these types of accidents are encouraged to contact the Record's Department with questions at (623) 930-3012.
If you wish to obtain a copy of your police report in person, you can do so by visiting the Records Bureau of the Glendale Police Department at 6835 N. 57th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85301. Their phone number is 623-930-3000. They are open Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m, excluding state and federal holidays. The cost to access a copy of your police report is generally $.20 per page.
If you are unable to go to the Glendale Police Department in person to obtain a copy of the police report, you can access a copy of your report online. You will need to enter your name and the date of the accident. You will have to verify you are not a "robot" and enter your email address.
After you receive a copy of the police report for your Glendale car crash you will want to review the report. If you have an attorney, it is important to give your report to your lawyer. If you do have an attorney, it is likely that they are working at getting a copy of the report.
Reading through your police report can give you some clarity as to what happened in the collision. Information about how the accident occurred will help your insurance company to assess fault on the claim and that can have an impact on the compensation you are offered. This means that it is critical to read through the report and ensure that every detail of the collision has been properly recorded in the report. The color of the light for your direction of travel, what you were doing at the time of the accident, in which direction you were traveling, and all other details of the accident are critical pieces of information when filing an insurance claim or filing a lawsuit. You may think that the smallest details do not matter, but they do, and can make a difference in getting you the closure and assistance you need for your recovery. At the same time, we have seen errors many times in police reports.
There is also contact and identifying information of witnesses in your police report which could be critical to your claim. If the information appears to be incorrect or is omitted from the report that doesn't mean the information is lost to you forever and there is no need to panic. The police report you receive for your accident will be a final report and the original notes and reports will still be available in some form through the responding officer.
The police report for your Glendale car crash is not just a stack of paperwork. This document provides the necessary contact information for the person who caused the collision and your injuries, which is a critical piece of information for your attorney and for your insurance company. Your report will also include contact or other identifying information for other people at the scene of the accident like firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs, who also may provide a secondary report that you can access), and other first responders. All of these individuals can be important in building a strong case to help get you the assistance you need and the closure you deserve after being seriously injured in a car crash.
If you were involved in a car accident and you're ready to move on with your life, but you need help, the Glendale car accident attorneys at The Husband & Wife Law Team are standing by to provide clarification and a shoulder to lean on. Our attorneys focus on ensuring that you understand your rights and responsibilities, and your options, before you move forward with the decision to file a lawsuit. To have a conversation about your collision with no obligation right now, reach out for a free consultation with The Husband & Wife Law Team. If you are having trouble gaining access to your report, call us and we may be able to obtain a report for you for absolutely no charge. You can reach us at (623) 930-8064.
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