A traffic accident report can serve as invaluable evidence in many personal injury cases.
But after you’ve been injured in a car accident, there are already more than enough things to worry about—hospital stays, rehabilitation, medical bills, missed work, and of course, dealing with insurance companies. Obtaining a copy of a Chandler accident report shouldn’t be another one of your worries.
Read on to find out more about police accident reports and claim your free case review and accident report, courtesy of the Chandler personal injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys.
What Does a Chandler Accident Report Contain?
Under Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) §28-667, all Chandler police reports must contain, at a minimum, the following information:
- When and where the accident occurred. This includes the time, day, year, and month of the accident as well as adequate identification of the accident’s location.
- Identifying information about every person involved in the accident, including drivers, passengers, and potential witnesses. Info collected includes name, sex, address, and phone number, plus the title, registration and proof of insurance for all vehicles involved in the crash.
- A basic diagram with narrative notes describing the accident scene.
- The name, agency, and identification number of the investigating police officer.
Accident reports also often contain additional helpful information, such as who the investigating officer found to be at fault for the accident based on his or her investigation at the scene, along with supporting statements from witnesses.
Why Do I Need A Chandler Police Accident Report?
All of the information provided in a police report can be used by your Chandler car accident attorney and insurance company to establish who was at fault in the accident and to what degree. The police report can also be used to build a strong and accurate injury claim when it’s time to pursue damages against the at-fault party or parties. This can mean the difference between a subpar settlement and getting the maximum compensation after a Chandler car accident.
Additionally, should your claim end up in court, a police report in combination with the reporting officer’s first-hand testimony can be extremely persuasive evidence for the presiding judge and jury.
Note: If there was more than $2,000 in property damage, the police officer issued a citation, or the accident resulted in bodily injury or death, the accident report will likely contain even more details, notes, and even photographs of the scene. In some cases, you may also be able to request copies of these photos.
Where Can I Get a Copy of My Chandler Accident Report?
When it comes to obtaining a copy of your Chandler traffic accident report, you have several viable options, including free and paid services that are conducted online, in person, or by mail.
Request a Police Report from Chandler PD
Chandler police reports can be requested in person or by mail. First, you’ll need to fill out this Request for Police Records. The form is also available in Spanish (Solicitud de Registros de la Policía). If you do not have a printer or computer, you can obtain and fill out a copy of the form in person at police headquarters, located at 250 E. Chicago St.
Once completed, you can return the police report request at police headquarters in person, or by mail. There is no fee for accident reports if you or your child were involved in the accident. You can also request 911 recordings or photographs taken by Chandler PD at the accident scene for a fee of $10 and $5, respectively. Processing time for police reports is approximately 7 to 10 business days.
If you need help or have questions, contact the Chandler Police Department Records Unit 24/7 by calling 480-782-4001.
Retrieve Chandler Accident Reports via BuyCrash.com
You may find it more convenient to request a copy of your Chandler accident report online. To do so, you’ll need to locate your accident report record and then create an account on the BuyCrash website to view it. To find your report, you’ll need the following information: the state the accident took place in, the name of the responding police department, the date of the accident, and the report number. If you do not have the report number, contact Chandler Police Department directly.
Once you’ve set up your BuyCrash account, you’ll have the option to purchase access to your accident report. Reports cost $11 and can be accessed for up to 30 days. This is a good option for those who don’t want to wait in line at the police station or deal with the hassle of mailing paperwork.
Contact the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS)
If your car accident was investigated by State Troopers or other DPS employees, you can access a Collision Report for a small fee through the Department Records Unit. You will need to create an online account to request records. The Department Records Unit usually receives accident reports within 14 days of a collision.
This resource may be helpful for those whose accidents occurred on an Interstate or State Highway. Through the Arizona DPS, you may also be able to request photographs taken by troopers at the scene of the crash.
Get a FREE Copy of Your Police Accident Report
The quickest and most convenient method to obtain a copy of your Chandler accident report is to contact an experienced Arizona car wreck lawyer at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys. Not only can a personal injury attorney easily procure a copy of your accident report through the appropriate channels at no cost to you, they can also help you understand the contents of the report and how they could affect a potential injury settlement down the line.
Requesting your free Chandler police report is easy. Just fill out the form above, and our legal team will take care of the rest. We’ll contact you when your police report is ready and go over the details or your case, with no hidden fees or obligation to hire us.
Do I Really Need a Lawyer After a Chandler Car Accident?
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Chandler car accident because of someone else’s negligence, it is worth consulting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you haven’t already heard from the other driver’s insurance company, it’s only a matter of time. There’s no reason to accept a subpar settlement offer, or one that doesn’t even come close to compensating you for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Before you talk to an insurance company, get your case reviewed for free by one of the experienced and award-winning lawyers at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys. Our dedicated legal team will help you obtain your accident report and go over all your legal options, with no obligation to hire us.
With eight offices located in the Phoenix metro area, as well as in Tucson, Yuma, and Bullhead City, compassionate legal assistance is just one phone call away. We can also make arrangements to assist clients living anywhere in the state.
To arrange a free, no obligation legal consultation, contact us 24/7 by phone at 602-977-1900, connect with a LiveChat agent online, or send us your case details for review by filling out this form. The call is free, the consultation is free, and you don’t pay a penny unless we win your case!