How to obtain your own car accident report:
Contact the law enforcement agency that responded to the scene. If the generated an accident report, there will be a report number. At the scene, they often issue a cover sheet that simply identifies the parties and any applicable insurance. The actual report (detailing how the accident occurred and if anyone was deemed at fault and/or cited) usually issues a number of days later.
Typically, it takes 7 to 10 business days but can take longer around holiday times and/or if the accident was more severe. Once ready, the actual report can be ordered by mail, or picked up in person, for a nominal fee, usually no more than $15.00. City of Phoenix Police reports can be printed for free from the internet if you have the report number and the last name of one of the involved drivers.
Police Reports are important as they tend to document how an accident occurs and who might be at fault.
Since parties to an accident rarely talk to police while they’re together, the police report is often one’s first notice of what the other driver said in terms of how the accident occurred.
I generally frown on allowing my clients to be interviewed by an adverse insurance adjuster until after I see what is contained within the police report because if my client’s version of events are different, I need to know how and why. car accidents in phoenix can be complex. Make sure you have the right law firm representing you. It can truly make all the difference in your case.*