According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was 6.7 million police-reported car crashes across the nation in 2019, and more than a quarter of them involved an injury.
If you’ve been in a car accident, you probably know that damages to your health, property, finances, and personal life aren’t the only sources of suffering in the fallout.
Dealing with an insurance company that should be compensating you for losses and pain can be a long, stressful process. It’s not always easy to get proper compensation from an insurance company, but Long Beach car accident reports can help.
What a Long Beach Police Report Can Do for You
California law requires you to report car accidents that involve injury or death. You have to make a report to the authorities within 24 hours of an accident. Authorities investigating your accident need the accident report.
You also need the report to help you win at trial or at the settlement negotiation table. Long Beach car accident reports can contain information about:
- The involved parties;
- The cars;
- The statements of witnesses;
- The time, location, and date of the accident; and
- The way the accident happened.
Although you can’t submit your accident report at trial, you can use the information in it to find case-winning evidence.
You can also use information in the report to persuade the insurance company to give you a fair settlement. Insurance companies don’t easily part with their money.
However, solid information from a car accident report might convince an insurance company to pay you what you ask for rather than waste time and money at trial.
An experienced car accident attorney has the resources and skills to use an accident report to your best advantage.
Options for Getting Your Long Beach Car Accident Report
You can get your car accident report from the Long Beach Police Department Records Division. You can make this request by mail or in person.
If you make the request in person, you can pay for the record by cash or check. If you make the request by mail, you pay for the record with a check.
To get a report by mail, send your request to the following address:
Long Beach Police Department
400 West Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Typically, you can hand-deliver your request to the business desk of the Long Beach Police Department’s Public Safety Building, which is at the same address listed above. Copies of the record request form are available online.
If you’re having trouble accessing an online form, you can pick one up in the lobby of the Public Safety Building, or you can call the Report Request Helpline at 562-570-7381 to have a blank form mailed to you.
This helpline can also give you other locations for hand delivery of your request form and payment.
It normally takes about 10 business days to get your report, and you want that report early in the claim or litigation process, so you should make your request as soon as possible.
Contact an Attorney Today to Recover Your Losses
At the Farzam Law Firm, we are experienced trial attorneys, and we put our clients first.
Our owner, Joseph Farzam, has been serving clients as a trial attorney for 20 years, and he’s not afraid to get aggressive with insurance companies on your behalf.
Our attorneys are ready for trial and are focused on building relationships with our clients to understand and fulfill their unique goals.
We care about your needs, and we have the fearlessness to fight for you in multiple legal settings. If you’ve been in a car accident in Long Beach, CA, contact us online today, or call us at 866-916-1454 for a free consultation.