Understanding Your Pennsylvania Accident Report
Who can obtain a copy of a crash report?
If you have been involved in a
car accident, the police officer responding to your crash will fill out an
official accident report. For example, in Pennsylvania, this is
known as the "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Police Crash Reporting
This form is critical for obtaining the financial compensation you
rightfully deserve for your accident-related expenses. However,
actually obtaining full and fair compensation for your accident can
often be a challenge. That's because
often challenge every piece of evidence in your favor.
That's why you need
Villari, Brandes & Giannone, P.C.
on your side, defending your rights. We know how to take on
insurance companies and win. And we know how to read accident
reports for the facts you need to build a strong legal case.
Contact us to find
out how we can help you.
The "Police Agency" data section might seem straightforward. But
it's critical that you make sure the facts are accurate here. This
includes the police officer's name and badge number. You and your
attorney can also use this information here to contact the police if
you need to make any corrections to their police report.
Boxes 2 - 7
These boxes primarily concern the exact location and time of your
accident. Make sure all this information is accurate. If there's a
mistake, insurance companies might try to use such errors as
justification for denying your accident claim.
Boxes 8 - 9
"Traffic Control Devices" and "Lane Closure" data can be found in
these two boxes. If a traffic light was not working or a lane on the
road was closed at the time of the accident, that information will
be included here on the report.
Boxes 10 - 11
Personal information about the driver or pedestrian involved in the
accident can be found here. So can information about whether or not
the driver or pedestrian was under the influence of alcohol or
drugs. Insurance companies looks at this information very carefully.
You should too. If you believe the other driver was intoxicated at
the time of the accident, but it doesn't say so here, we can help
you set the record straight.
The "Vehicle Information" section contains a wealth of information
about the vehicles involved in the accident and the crash itself.
Here, you can find information about the angle of impact and the
severity of damage to the vehicles. This last box, found on the
bottom of the page, can make a big difference in how much money you
receive for your accident claim. If the box says "minor" damage
instead of "disabling," you could have a hard time obtaining the
compensation you deserve for your crash.
If anyone from the accident was taken to a hospital or treated by a
medical professional, that information will be included here.
Specifically, the names of the hospitals or emergency medical
services companies will be listed in Box 13.
Boxes 14 - 19
Sometimes, accidents result in multiple injuries. The names of all
the people injured in the accident (as well as whether or not they
required EMS transport) can be found here. If you were injured and
taken to a hospital, make sure this part of the form includes those
This part of the accident report form contains the diagram of the
accident. Make sure the investigating police officer's drawing
corresponds to position of the vehicles in the accident. If your car
was in a different position, say something. Insurance companies
carefully scrutinize this diagram to determine who caused the crash
- and who should pay for it.
Boxes 21 - 22
This section contains the investigating police officer's description
of your accident. The words the police officer chooses can make all
the difference when it comes to getting the money you deserve from
insurance companies. We can carefully review this section with you.
We know which words often raise red flags with insurance companies.
We know how to set the record straight and make sure your rights are
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