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How To Get a Copy of An Asheville Accident Report

In the aftermath of an Asheville car or truck accident, one of the pieces of information you will want to collect is a copy of the official accident report from the crash.  If the officer who responded to your accident was an Asheville Police Officer, you can follow this link to get a copy of their official report.  

Get Your Crash Report Online

Asheville car accident lawyerIf an officer from N.C. State Highway Patrol responded to your accident, you will want to use their online portal to get a copy of their accident report.  

Police officers who respond to car accidents are required to create official accident reports, in order to properly document automobile collisions, especially in accidents where injuries occur, or there is significant vehicle/property damage.  In order to get a copy of your accident report, you will need to provide at very least your name, and the date of the accident.  If you have a report number, that makes it even easier to locate, but usually, the last name and date of the crash is enough. 

An official accident report is a very important part of your insurance claim. This shows the at fault insurer that, without a doubt, this crash occurred, was serious, and was documented by a law enforcement professional.  Without a crash report, an insurance company may be more likely to take the position that the accident didn’t occur after all, or that it was much less severe than you are claiming it to be.  A 3rd party report cuts through much of that uncertainty and paints an objective and quantifiable picture of the accident.  

The official N.C. accident report will include a variety of important pieces of information.  It will have your information as well as the other drivers, including both parties insurance carriers.  You will be submitting a car accident claim to the at fault drivers insurance company, so this is vital information to know.   Additionally, it will indicate whether the other driver was uninsured at the time of the accident, meaning that you will have to file the claim through the “uninsurance” portion of your own insurance policy. This is designed to protect you if you’re hit by someone with no insurance. Not all policies cover Uninsurance, so check with your agent and be sure to add this coverage if you don’t currently have it.  

Asheville car accident lawyerThe Accident report will also specify the degree of damage to your vehicle, in terms of estimated monetary damage, calculated by the Officer.  This helps the insurer gauge how severe the accident was.  Very little monetary damage can and often does indicate to an insurance adjuster that your accident was minor in nature. 

Traffic Violations

Lastly, towards the end of the report, there is section called “Traffic Violations”.  This is very important, as it states whether either party was cited by the responding officer in the crash. As insurance companies are skilled at finding ways to deny liability for a crash, this can be invaluable for conclusively establishing who was at fault in this crash, saving you a whole lot of back and forth with an insurer who refuses to take responsibility for their driver’s actions.   Look for terms like “Failure to reduce speed”, “Left of Center”, “Driving While License Revoked”, “Hit and Run”, “Driving while intoxicated”, “No operators License” and other citations that are strong indicators for the value of your claim.    

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If you have questions about your Asheville car accident, getting a copy of your official accident report, or need to speak with a skilled personal injury attorney, Contact us for a free, no pressure consultation.  We’re here to help.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lakota Denton

Lakota Denton

Lakota Denton is an Asheville, NC trial lawyer who focuses on recovering for injured people. Lakota has been practicing law in Asheville, N.C. since 2011. Lakota attended Keene State College in New Hampshire and graduated with a degree in psychology in 2000. Lakota played professional soccer after graduating from college. In 2011 Lakota graduated Cum Laude from Western New England college where he was awarded the Edward Cooley Award for Excellence in Labor Law, The CALI excellence for the future award for Labor Law, The CALI excellence for the future award for Jurisprudence Survey, The CALI excellence for the future award for Trial Methods, and was a member of the American Association for Justice Moot Court Team. Lakota has been practicing in his own firm since 2013, focusing solely on personal injury. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, the North Carolina Bar association, the American Bar Association, the National Trial Lawyers, and was awarded Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers, the 2014 Top 40 Lawyers under 40, and the Avvo clients choice award. He has spoken at the Asheville Paralegals Association Luncheon and he served on the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Auto Torts leadership team in 2017. Lakota has won numerous jury trials with verdicts for his clients. For more information, contact our office.   

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