How to File or Obtain an Accident Report in Alabama
If you are involved in a car accident, one of the first things you should do is contact the police to report the accident. Then, request a copy of the report. Your accident report can be a critical piece of evidence in your case. Here is what you need to know about how to file a crash report in Alabama.
How to Get a Car Accident Report in Alabama
Alabama law requires you to call the police after any motor vehicle accident that resulted in injury or death. Alabama law enforcement officers do not have to investigate a property damage only accident, but you can complete form SR-31 to document the accident and your damages.
If a law enforcement officer responds to the accident scene, he or she will collect important information about the accident and later use this information to create an official report.
Here’s how to obtain a crash report in Alabama:
You can fill out a crash report form on the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency website. You can purchase the report for $17 here. This will give you access to Alabama State Trooper accident reports and Alabama State Police accident reports, among others.
Another way to obtain an accident report in Alabama is to call the agency that made the report. You can request Alabama Highway Patrol accident reports by contacting the appropriate agency listed here. They can then give you more details about how to obtain your report in the specific jurisdiction. Alternatively, you can call (334) 242-4241 and ask which agency you need to contact.
You can request an Alabama State Police accident report by visiting a local Alabama State Police Post. You will need to show your identification and pay any necessary fees. If the accident occurred within city limits, you can visit the local police department in that city.
What Information Does a Car Accident Report Provide?
Alabama car accident reports contain important information about motor vehicle accidents, including:
- The date, time, and place of the crash
- Contact and insurance information for each driver
- Names of passengers and any eyewitnesses
- Make and model of each vehicle
- Witness statements
- A description of injuries
- A summary of the accident
- Weather conditions
- Pictures of the accident scene and vehicle damage
- Whether the law enforcement officer issued a traffic citation to any of the parties
How a Car Accident Report Can Be Useful for Your Claim
An Alabama crash report is an objective piece of information that shows that an accident occurred and how it might have happened. You can use the report to make a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. The report may contain important details that attribute fault to the other driver, so it will be harder for the insurance company to deny liability.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney from Serious Injury Law Group
Once you have obtained the accident report, contact an experienced Alabama car accident attorney. A personal injury lawyer can investigate the accident and review the accident report to explain if you have a viable claim.
Serious Injury Law Group is locally owned and committed to the community. We will help you hold negligent drivers accountable and pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to get started on your claim. We are available to meet you wherever is most convenient.
Chuck James is a Mobile, AL, native who graduated from the University of Alabama. Chuck has been practicing law since early 2000. Contact Chuck James today for help with your personal injury case. Free consultations. Locations in Birmingham and Montgomery.