Albuquerque accident reports are very useful in car accident cases because they contain vital information that an insurance adjuster will want to see. Crash reports can help establish who is at fault for the collision, and fault matters enormously in car accident cases.
However, many people do not know how to find Albuquerque accident reports or fully understand the process of getting one. Below, one of our skilled New Mexico car accident attorneys explains what you will need to do to secure a copy of your report.
Understand What Is in an Albuquerque Traffic Accident Report
After an accident, you should call the police. An officer will come out and write up a report, which should contain the following information:
- The date and time of the collision
- The location of the accident
- The name, address, and phone number for all people involved
- Description of injuries and property damage
- Statements from any passengers or other witnesses
Be sure to comply with the officer at the scene, since no one benefits from an incomplete or inaccurate police report.
Check on the Status of Your Report
You can call the Albuquerque Police Department to check on when your accident report is available. Reach them by calling 505-768-2200. Provide them with your name and other identifying information.
Get Your Albuquerque Police Department Accident Report
When a report is available, you can order a copy in one of a couple of ways. First, you can walk in and order a copy in person by visiting the Law Enforcement Center, which is located at 400 Roma Avenue NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
They are open Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You can also order a copy online by visiting the LexisNexis Police Reports website, which is available here. You will need to pay a small fee to obtain a copy of your report.
What to Do if a Crash Report Contains Inaccurate Information
It is not unusual for crash reports to have inaccurate information. The officer might be hearing conflicting stories from people, or else he made a mistake when writing something down (such as your name). What do you do?
It is very difficult to get a police report corrected. Once it is filed, then usually no more changes are made to it. However, you should not be too worried. Police reports are helpful pieces of information, but they are not conclusive. You can always present other evidence in your claim or lawsuit that is not contained in the police report.
Ultimately, it is up to the insurance companies to determine fault or, if your case goes to trial, for the jury to decide.
Reach Out to an Experienced New Mexico Auto Accident Lawyer
We offer a free initial consultation, so avoid delay.