How To Read Your Rhode Island Accident Report
One of the most critical pieces of evidence after any car accident is the report filled out by the investigating police officer. Insurance companies use the information contained in this report to determine whether to approve or deny your claim. You and your attorney need to review it, too.
Understanding a police accident report can be confusing. That's why the Law Office of Mark B. Morse, LLC has prepared this guide as a free resource to our users. We want you to be aware of your legal rights and have all the information you need to move forward after an accident.
If you need help reading your accident report or have any questions about your case, contact us right away. Schedule a consultation with an accomplished, approachable auto accident attorney. Call (401) 831-0555.
- Includes the name of the law enforcement agency that investigated the crash.
- Date, time and location of the accident, including nearby landmarks.
Units Sections (Fourth row and down)
- Units 1 and 2 are vehicles or pedestrians involved in the crash. If there are more units, a supplemental page will be attached.
- Name and contact information of the driver for each unit. CDL will be checked if the vehicle is a commercial truck.
- If the driver was cited, that information is here.
- If the owner is someone other than the driver, owner's contact information is here. If the driver is the owner of the vehicle, the "Driver & Owner are Same" box is checked.
- Insurance information for each vehicle is included here.
Accident Information (13th row and down)
- If the accident was a hit and run, it's noted here.
- Registration and descriptive information for each vehicle.
- Travel direction at the time of the crash.
- If the vehicle was towed, it's noted here - this can be an important part of your insurance claim.
Persons Involved (18th row and down)
- "Person Type" refers to what each person was doing at the time of the crash.
- This diagram explains coding for each person.
- This section includes critical information for an insurance claim, such as whether helmets or seat belts were used and how significantly each person was injured. (Note, however, that some injuries may not have been known when the report was filled out.)
Non-Vehicle Property Damage (19th row and down)
- If any other property was damaged, that information is here along with the owner's contact information.
The investigating officer signs, including badge number and adds the date at the bottom.
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