Ways To Obtain The Police Report After A Car Accident
There are several ways to obtain the accident report after you have been involved in a car accident. Remember, it will take several days for the report to be ready so do not worry if there is a delay in being able to obtain the report.
Easiest Way To Obtain The Report
We have found that the easiest way to obtain the report is to do so online. By now almost every precinct in every county in Georgia participates in buycrash.com’s online accident report system.
In order to obtain the report through this site, you need one of three types of information in addition to the date of the accident and your last name:
- The police report number which you should have obtained from the investigating officer at the scene;
- Your driver’s license number if you were one of the drivers in the accident. If a passenger, you would need the driver’s license of one of the drivers involved; or
- VIN of one of the vehicles involved in the accident.
It costs a little more for the convenience of obtaining the report online. It runs $11 in Georgia. It costs around $5 to get the report directly at the precinct involved however.
By far the cheapest way to obtain the report is to go to the precinct in person to pick up the report. Make sure you call first to verify the report is ready. Again, it may take several days for the report to be released.
You can also send in a written request to have a copy mailed to you. You will want to verify the cost to obtain the report and send that money in along with your written request. Identify the date of the accident, location and each driver involved in the accident.
Another Way To Obtain The Report
Finally, if you have not obtained the accident report before you meet with a lawyer, have no fear. Your lawyer can obtain the report through one of the above methods for you.
We always prefer to have the report at the time we first meet with a potential client so we can understand exactly how the accident allegedly occurred. Knowing what the at-fault driver received as far as citations is also valuable information to have at the time of the first meeting.
If possible, we will obtain the police report from buycrash.com before the first meeting if the client has not obtained it yet and it is available. Meeting with us before the report is available is not the end of the world however. We can always obtain the report after our first meeting.