Reading Your Florida Accident Report - What You Need to Look For
A Florida traffic accident report is an important document that may help support your injury or wrongful death claim. The report contains a police officer's account of the accident, including contributing causes that may reveal negligence. Many clients tell us they want to know exactly what the investigating police officer reported about their accident or the accident of a loved one. As a special service, we've compiled a list of the most important things to look for on your Florida traffic crash report.
For information on how to obtain your Florida accident report, visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website by clicking the following link: http://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/misc/crashreport/
Carefully review the sample accident report below with information and tips from our West Palm Beach car accident attorneys. If you have questions or need help interpreting your report, contact attorney David J. Glatthorn today for a free evaluation. Call 800-990-9394. You can also visit his office conveniently located at 506 Datura Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.
Every Florida accident report begins by documenting the basics of your accident: the Date of Crash, Time of Crash, City or Town and Street, Road or Highway. Information in this section also includes the time law enforcement was notified and arrived at the accident scene and the type of road on which the accident occurred.
Time and Location - Every Florida accident report begins by documenting the basics of your accident: the Date of Crash, Time of Crash, City or Town and Street, Road or Highway. Information in this section also includes the time law enforcement was notified and arrived at the accident scene and the type of road on which the accident occurred.
Sections 1-3 - This section documents driver details (including License Number and Motor Vehicle Insurance Company/Policy Number) as well as vehicle information (including Vehicle Damage and Vehicle Identification Number). In addition, police officers document the speed limit, injuries to vehicle occupants or pedestrians, estimated vehicle damages and, if applicable, alcohol and drug test results.
Contributing Causes - Officers document the cause of the crash, including the Contributing Causes to the accident (for example, drunk driving or disregarding a stop sign) and Subsequent Harmful Events (for example, collision with a pedestrian or collision with a train). Police can record details at the scene of the accident in this section, including vehicle defects, vehicle movement, road conditions, accident location (such as an intersection or exit ramp), and whether traffic controls played a factor in the accident. Review this information carefully. An officer’s observations at the accident scene may be essential in proving fault.
Crash Report Narrative - The Florida Traffic Crash Report Narrative documents, in writing, an officer’s report from the scene of the accident. In addition to providing essential details not found elsewhere on the form, the bottom of the narrative reports arrests made at the scene of the accident, witness information and whether an official accident report was filed after the accident.
Crash Report Diagram - The Florida Traffic Crash Report Diagram is a pictorial account of how the officer believes your accident occurred. If you have difficulty understanding or reading the diagram, contact a lawyer immediately.
Click here to download a printable version of the Florida Auto Accident Report.
Contact attorney David Glatthorn today if you have questions about your accident report. Call 800-990-9394 today for a free case evaluation with a West Palm Beach FL personal injury lawyer.