After an accident, you might feel like you are in a complete tailspin. You have no car, are recovering from painful injuries, and may not have the money to pay for it all. Whatever legal options you pursue, you may need your car accident report.
The internet has made obtaining your crash report far easier than in the past. In Illinois, car accident reports may be available through BuyCrash.com or police websites. Finding your report may require searching based on personal information or details about your accident. If you cannot find your report online, our legal team can help you obtain an official copy and review it with you free of charge. An accident report is useful for filing insurance claims and lawsuits to get compensation for injuries.
If you need your car accident report, you may be able to download it from BuyCrash.com. If you are not sure what steps to take next in your case, talk to our Indiana car accident lawyers for advice. Call Wruck Paupore at (219) 322-1166 for a free initial case evaluation.
Your search for your crash report often begins by navigating to the BuyCrash.com website. It is best to be as specific about your accident location as possible. To run a search, you are required to enter information about the state and jurisdiction of the accident. Jurisdiction refers to the police department that handled your crash.
You must also enter a report number, your last name and the date of the accident, or your last name and the street where the accident happened. If you do not have this information, our team can help you figure out how to find your report.
Downloading your report requires you to create a user account with the website. You must also pay a fee to download the report. If you are unsure how to do this, our Milwaukee car accident attorneys can help you obtain your report and review it with you free of charge. Once you download the report on BuyCrash.com, you can print it out and have a hard copy to use as you wish. You may also keep the digital copy to send to your legal team or insurance company.
In some cases, an accident report cannot be found on BuyCrash.com. This might mean that the report is not ready yet, and law enforcement is still investigating or has not yet finalized the report. Other times, the police department writing your report does not make accident reports available through BuyCrash.com. Our Illinois car accident lawyers can help you find alternative methods of obtaining the report in such a case.
If you cannot find your report online, you can usually obtain it from the police directly. How the police choose to disseminate accident reports might vary, and you should call ahead and inquire about getting a copy of the report before you do anything else. Generally, you can go to the police department in person to get the report.
The police department might also use a different online portal where you can download the report. Check the police department’s website for directions to use a different online portal. For example, the Illinois State Police (ISP) makes accident reports online through EPay. They also allow drivers to request accident reports by mail. Check with the police in your accident case about alternative methods of getting a copy of the crash report.
As mentioned, our Fort Wayne car accident attorneys can also help you get a copy of your police report for your accident and review it with you at no charge.
Once you have the accident report, the next step is figuring out how to use it to your advantage. Unfortunately, accident reports are not always simple to read or understand. They are full of legal and technical jargon and codes for information the average reader might not fully understand.
Call our Illinois car accident lawyers for help if you need help understanding or reading your accident report. Our team can review the accident report with you for free as a legal service. We can also help you decide what to do with your report and help you file an insurance claim or press the case at trial.
You might need your accident report for several reasons. In most cases, injured drivers look to insurance for coverage after an accident. However, insurance companies are not typically willing to pay claims without proof. You will need some evidence to show what happened, and an official car accident report might be requested. Getting your car accident report from BuyCrash.com or through your attorney is an important step to filing an insurance claim.
You can also use your accident report to begin a personal injury lawsuit against the other drivers. If your insurance claim fails to get you the money you need, turning to a lawsuit might be necessary. Typically, accident reports cannot be used as evidence of your crash because they violate the hearsay rule. However, the official copy may contain important information about who caused your crash, what possible witnesses saw the accident, and the conditions leading up to your crash. We can use this information to find people who can testify about your crash and other important evidence.
If you are unsure how to proceed, our Indianapolis car accident attorneys can offer guidance on the matter. Many injured drivers end up filing an insurance claim and then pursue a lawsuit when insurance fails to meet their needs. We are prepared to assist you in this journey.
If you were in a car accident in Illinois and need the accident report, our Illinois car accident attorneys can help you. Contact our team at Wruck Paupore for a free case review. Call us at (219) 322-1166.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.