MyAccident.org and similar websites may appear to be a helpful site that can get you a copy of your police report following an accident. However, it may not be the best way to obtain this information as these types of websites often require that you “opt-in” to being contacted by a variety of third-parties marketing services ranging from car repair to chiropractors and lawyers who you have never spoken to before.
In our view, the better approach is to research and find an auto accident law firm with a good reputation that is willing to obtain your report and review it with you at no charge. By doing so you can obtain your crash report together with a review of your legal claims, without the risk of being contacted by unwanted solicitations which may occur with websites such as MyAccident.org or similar websites.
Wruck Paupore is always willing to obtain a copy of your accident report if it’s available, review it with you, and evaluate your legal options, all free of charge. For a free case evaluation, call the Indiana car accident attorneys at Wruck Paupore today at (219) 322-1166.
If you’ve been recently injured in a car accident and want an easy way to retrieve a copy of the accident report, you may have run across MyAccident.org or a similar site that promises to obtain a copy of your crash report free of charge. Understanding how these sites operate is important before you make a decision that will lead you to getting unwanted marketing and solicitations.
MyAccident.org acts as a third-party site, offering information usually available directly at police departments or other agencies. Crash reports from MyAccident.org or similar websites may be sourced from redacted police reports which may not include relevant information. For example, personal information of involved parties, like names and contact information, may not be included in these reports, according to MyAccident.org. These are not official copies of your crash report, and as such may not satisfy the requirements of insurance companies when it comes time to settle your claims for car repair or personal injury. Therefore, what is obtained from sites like MyAccident.org may be of limited value. Unfortunately, obtaining these materials from sites like MyAccident.org also comes at significant cost to your privacy, as it requires you to agree to allow the company running the site to store and share your personal information with third-parties who can use it for marketing purposes.
In our opinion, sourcing an unofficial police report from MyAccident.org with redacted information - at the cost of your personal privacy - is not a good idea and will do little to advance your objective of legal recovery. A trusted Indianapolis car accident attorney can obtain the necessary official report, review it with you, and discuss your legal options. Our law firm provides this service at no cost, and you will never give up your right to privacy or be contacted by others attempting to market your services. When you call us for a free case evaluation, your information is private and we will never share it with people outside of your law firm for marketing purposes.
What are your options if MyAccident.org and similar services aren’t a good option? We believe the best way is by getting a free case evaluation from an attorney who will obtain the report on your behalf. However, if you prefer to obtain the official report yourself, there may be some other options for obtaining an official crash report copy. Victims may be able to obtain their reports in person, online, or by mail, depending on where the accident occurred.
Many police departments invite car accident victims to visit the department in person to request a copy of a police report. You may need to pay a fee to obtain the report. Using this method, you’ll have to visit the correct police department whose officers responded to the accident scene. Usually, reports are available in person within a few days of an accident, but sometimes they can take several weeks to become available, so there is a possibility you may have to go multiple times.
Of course, car accident victims can only access their reports within a police department’s available hours. And, if you’re severely injured or don’t live near the correct police department, you may have difficulty going there in person.
While third-party websites like MyAccident.org require you to give up personal information and may not provide you with official copies of your crash report, many government agencies contract with on-line vendors to assist them in providing official report copies electronically. These official vendors will never require you to agree to give up your privacy rights or agree to marketing solicitations in order to receive the official report.
Depending on where your car accident happened, the police department in question may have its own online portal for crash reports. This has become increasingly common and convenient for car accident victims who need fast, easy access to official reports. If your police department has an online portal, using it is a great way to obtain a copy of your police report to bring to a consultation with an attorney.
Generally, digital copies of police reports will cost a fee. Once you find the right online portal and purchase a digital copy of a police report, you can download it and reduce the risk of misplacing the document. This digital method of accessing a police report ensures accuracy, as it comes directly from the police department responsible for completing it and it is frequently an official copy accepted by insurance companies. However, it can often take time to find the correct portal to obtain the report.
Police agencies may also offer mailed reports to car accident victims. This can be an involved process, as you’ll have to send payment before receiving your report by mail and oft times you will need to provide multiple forms of identification to protect your privacy.
Perhaps the easiest way to get a copy of a police report for a car accident is by contacting a qualified attorney. The Hammond, IN car accident lawyers at Wruck Paupore have special subscriptions to online databases of official crash reports and can usually obtain a police report as soon as you call us and review it with you in a short phone call. Victims do not need to worry about how they will get a copy of a car accident report and can get what they need immediately. More importantly, we can help you understand what the information in the report actually means, explain the insurance claims process, and give you an overview of your legal options. This case review is always free.
There is no need to us websites like MyAccident.org and give up your privacy rights in order to get information regarding your crash. Call the Fort Wayne car accident attorneys at Wruck Paupore today at (219) 322-1166 for a free review of your official crash report.
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