Car accidents happen fast. With everything happening, including receiving proper medical attention, it can be difficult to remember to attain a copy of the police report for your accident, which contains valuable information for victims of car accidents who want to pursue compensation. If you didn’t receive a police report at the scene of an accident, you can still request a copy of the report for your car accident later on.
Why is a Car Accident Report Important?
A police report contains information about a car accident, including the officer’s findings, vehicle information, any tickets or arrests, and statements from witnesses, passengers, and drivers. These reports are one of the most essential parts of a car accident case.
How Can I Request a Police Report?
If you were not able to request the report from the police at the scene of the accident, there are options to obtain them at a later date. All reports are available for five years after a crash or 20 years if someone died in the accident.
In Albuquerque, the police department works with an online source, LexisNexis, to manage and distribute the reports online. You can also obtain reports in person by visiting the Law Enforcement Center.
If you live outside Albuquerque, you can request a report from the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
What Happens If I Don’t File a Report?
Insurance companies can dispute the claim if you don’t have an accident report, making it difficult to obtain payment. It still is possible to obtain a small claim. If the claim rises, so will the insurance’s need for proof.
How Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero Can Help
Whether you have a report or not, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced attorney. Martinez, Hart, Sanchez & Romero can help you use your report to support your claim and seek the justice you deserve.
Visit us online or contact us at (505) 806-1780 to learn how we can help you file a car accident claim in New Mexico.