There are always negligent motorists who will do everything they can to avoid being blamed and liable for injuries and accident-associated losses they caused. Police or accident reports can serve as crucial evidence to refute a negligent motorist’s lies and support an injured person’s claim for compensation.
Various law enforcement agencies create and maintain police reports involving traffic accidents. Depending on the location and circumstances of the accident, injured people can obtain a copy of their police report from the Connecticut State Police or their local police department.
Getting A Police Report From The Connecticut State Police
The state police’s Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) offers two kinds of accident reports, an accident information summary, and an official accident report. The summary report can be obtained for free by going to this website: https://accidents.despp.ct.gov/.
While the accident summary report is not official, it can still be useful in preliminary accident investigations and making sure that the accident has been officially recorded by the police. This summary report includes preliminary details about the parties in the accident, relevant insurance information, all the vehicles involved, and a short summary of the traffic accident.
To obtain an official accident report, interested parties have the following options:
- Fill out the request form and mail – don’t fax or email – it along with the payment. The official accident report costs $16.
- Submit the accident report request in person at 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT, between 9 am and 2 pm. If paying by cash, make sure to provide the exact amount because change will not be provided. Money order or check must be made payable to the Treasurer-State of CT.
- Purchase an accident report through the Buycrash site. Many simple traffic accidents may be available through this site within 10 business days after the accident occurred. Take note that this service will require extra convenience fees because it is provided by a third-party vendor and not the Connecticut State Police.
- Accident reports and related investigative reports that are not available through online channels within 30 days of the accident date can be requested through the LexisNexis site.
Getting A Police Report From Local Police Departments
Aside from the services offered by the state police, interested parties can also get an official report of their accident from their local law enforcement agencies. For instance, they can make a request with the Records Division of the Manchester Police Department, Enfield Police Department, Vernon Police Department, Hartford Police Department, Windsor Police Department, or other local police departments.
Local police have their own request procedures and record-keeping systems, so make sure to check their websites for specific guidelines.
Talk To An Experienced Connecticut Auto Accident Lawyer Now
For any questions or concerns following a traffic accident, the Connecticut car accident lawyer of Berman & Russo can help. To set up a free case evaluation, call their office at 860-644-1548 or fill out their online form.