According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, there were 142,966 traffic crashes in the state in 2011 alone. The same year, 786 people died in those crashes.
Many residents of Missouri are involved in car accidents each year. The process that comes after a car accident or injury can be very confusing.
Fortunately, you can get a copy of your Missouri Highway Patrol crash report with all the information from your crash. You can use this report to file a claim against the at-fault driver and report it to your insurance company.
Why Do You Need Your Missouri Crash Report?
A Missouri Highway Patrol crash report is the official report of a car accident. It is important to have this report because it can help determine the following:
- Your settlement in the event of a personal injury case,
- How your insurance will handle the claim, and
- The treatment of your injuries.
Keep copies of your report in a safe place. Bring them to all meetings with lawyers, insurance agents, and other people on your team during this process.
How To Get Your Missouri Highway Patrol Accident Crash Report
Police reports are available 7-10 days after the crash. At the scene of the accident, the officer will give you an accident card with the report number that you will need when you go to get your accident report.
Obtaining your Missouri Highway Patrol accident report is an easy process.
You can obtain a copy of your report by doing one of the following:
- Visit a Missouri State Highway Patrol headquarters office during business hours and ask for a copy of your accident report. Make sure to bring a form of personal identification, such as a valid driver’s license. After filling out the necessary paperwork, leave your contact information with the police department. They will contact you when your report is ready to be picked up. If you do not know where the nearest office is, you can find a list of locations
- Request a copy online. Go to the Missouri State Highway Patrol website to submit your request. This is the fastest and easiest way to get your report.
- Mail a request for your report to the troop headquarters office in the area where the accident occurred. The accident report request form includes a list of all troop headquarters and addresses in Missouri. Payment must be made by check or money order to DPS Missouri State Highway Patrol. Please note that cash payments are not accepted and will be returned.
Keep in mind that copies of the report are not free. The cost of the report will depend on the city or county that you get it from.
Contact a Skilled Missouri Auto Accident Lawyer
Missouri crash reports are invaluable to personal injury cases. They include important information that can determine who was at fault for the accident, as well as damages and other details.
If you have questions about obtaining your police report or want to file a personal injury claim against another driver, you need an experienced Missouri car accident lawyer on your side.
For more information or to get started on your case, contact Cottrell Law Office today.
He is licensed to practice law in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas, eastern Arkansas, western Arkansas, and western Missouri. He was Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Crawford County, Kansas from 1987-1989.
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