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How can a car accident report be obtained in Louisiana?


A person involved in a car accident may not be in the correct state of mind to get all the details related to the accident to report to his or her insurance company. Louisiana State Police crash reports play an important part in the transmission of accident information. This accident report has details of all the people involved in the accident, as well as their addresses and insurance details which can be helpful if litigation is pursued by a victim for compensation.

Various methods are available to purchase a car accident report. The involved party can purchase a single crash report or multiple crash reports by complying with the instructions provided by state police. One method allows for purchase of crash reports online. The Louisiana State Police website provides downloadable PDF versions of crash reports which can be obtained by a victim or attorney for a prescribed fee. Once the checkout process is completed, the PDF version of the crash report is printable as well as viewable.

Reports on car accidents can be purchased at a local state police office. A purchaser fills out a crash-report request form, which is available online, and presents the form to the office clerk. It is important to know that accident reports for fatal crashes cannot be purchased online and must be purchased in person from a local troop office.

Another vital piece of evidence can be photographs of the crash which show the impact of the crash and may also help ascertain who or what caused the accident. Photographs of a crash may be obtained by submitting a request by fax or U.S. mail to the Office of Louisiana State Police, which is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

However, prior to making the request for the crash report, a party must wait 10 working days after the incident has occurred. Similarly, the request for the photographs can be made 15 days after the accident's occurrence.

Source: Lousiana.gov, "Accident Reports (aka Crash Reports)," accessed Oct. 30, 2014

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