How to Get a Traffic Collision Report from the LAPD (And Why You Need One)

If you’ve been involved in a traffic collision and need to obtain an official report, you’ll have to go through the proper channels and submit your request with the Los Angeles Police Department. Here we will cover the step-by-step process of obtaining a traffic collision report from the LAPD and why it is important for individuals involved in such accidents. 

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The Process of Obtaining a Traffic Collision Report 

When requesting a traffic collision report from the LAPD, there are certain steps that must be followed. 

First, you must fill out an online form with information about the accident. This includes details such as date, time, location, and type of vehicle involved. After submitting this request form online, you will receive an email confirmation with information on how to pay for your report. 

Once payment is received, you will receive another email with instructions on how to view or download your report within 48 hours. It is important to note that if any other law enforcement agency was involved in the accident or investigation (such as CHP or Sheriff), their records may not be included in the LAPD’s report. 

Why You Need A Traffic Collision Report 

Having an official traffic collision report is important for several reasons. For starters, it serves as proof that an accident happened. Should any parties dispute liability or make false claims about what occurred during the incident, you’ll have proof of what happened.

Additionally, insurance companies require an official police report in order to properly assess who is liable for damages caused by a car crash. Without one, they won’t be able to make accurate determinations regarding fault and any compensation associated with it. 

Furthermore, having an official police report will help speed up negotiations between your lawyer and other parties involved. Our aim is to get your claim settled quickly and fairly without delays, which are often due to lack of evidence about what happened at the scene of the accident.  

The Importance of Legal Representation

Getting a traffic collision report from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is essential for anyone who has been involved in a car accident within its jurisdiction. The process can be done relatively quickly by filling out an online request form and making payment when prompted. 

Having access to this document helps provide proof that an incident did take place should any party attempt to deny fault or make false claims about what transpired during a crash scenario; plus it helps speed up settlement negotiations so you can be compensated fairly and quickly.

If you have been injured in a crash, don’t forget to file your TRC. A qualified legal expert can walk you through your case from beginning to end. Contact our office at (213) 232-4848 for a free, no-obligation consultation.




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