We urge you to thoroughly read over your official car accident report and make sure any errors are brought to the attention of our attorneys. We can work to get them fixed for you. Below, we have outlined a comprehensive guide to reading and understanding your car accident report. For help with your claim, contact our Tavares law office online or call us at (352) 343-7400.
What you will find on your Florida car accident report
On your four-page Florida Traffic Crash Report, you’ll find the basic information pertaining to your crash at the top of page one. This includes the date, time and location of the crash.
The second section of page one will include information regarding the drivers and vehicles involved. This includes driver names and addresses, insurance information, vehicle descriptions, plate numbers, vehicle identification numbers and damage to each vehicle involved. In addition, police will document the posted speed limit, injuries to vehicle occupants and pedestrians, and alcohol or drug tests administered by police.
The second page will include information on factors that led to the crash such as driver actions, vehicle defects, weather conditions, road conditions, sequence of events, and other potential causes. Each contributing factor will have a number code.
On the bottom section of page two, police will document any traffic violations that caused or contributed to the crash. That includes the name of the violator, Florida statute number, the charge, and the citation number.
The third page will include a written narrative of how the investigating officer believed the crash occurred. The narrative may also include information not found in earlier sections of the report such as arrests and statements made by witnesses.
The next section of the third page will include passenger information, additional violations, witness contact information and if any parties were treated or taken to a hospital.
On page four, you’ll find the illustrated diagram of how the investigating officer believed your crash occurred. If you have a difficult time understanding the diagram, our legal team can go over it with you.
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