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How to Get a Police Accident Report in New York City
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If you are the victim of a motor vehicle accident from someone else’s negligence that has resulted in serious and lasting injury, it is important to obtain proper evidence when trying to file a claim for financial compensation in New York City. This includes making sure that the authorities are called and proper documentation is made of the incident by the local police department where the incident occurred. Police reports can be considered very important pieces of evidence in a New York motor vehicle accident case.
What method you can use to get a police report depends largely on how long you decided to wait to obtain a copy of the police accident report for your records. Before the 30-day filing mark, you can file a request in person, online, or by mail. After the 30-day period has lapsed, you can request the report by mail or online from the DMV. Below, we list more details and links to proper website pages and documents you will need to complete this task.
Fastest Method (Usually 1-3 days, but up to two weeks is possible): You can request a copy of an NYPD police report at the police-regulated district or precinct where the accident occurred. This must be done during the first 30 days after the report’s filing date.
Online: Within 7 days after the precinct has your accident report available, it will be uploaded to their online portal. You can request your NYPD police accident report online using the Collision Report Retrieval Portal.
By mail: Download and complete two (2) copies of the Police Accident Report (Request for Copy of Collision Record), and mail the copies to the precinct where the accident occurred.
After 30 days from the date of the accident report: After 30 days from the date of the accident report, the precinct no longer will hold the accident report on file. After that time, all requests for the police report must be made to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Requesting an accident report from the DMV can be done one of two ways:
If you are having trouble obtaining a police report for your NY accident case, Proner & Proner can help advise you on the proper steps. We have helped numerous clients regarding motor vehicle accidents and are ready to help accident victims in New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. We can make sure you get the accident report, and we can help with advisement on other evidence to gather for your claim as well. Call us today at 212-500-1003 to get the legal support you need. You can also schedule a free consultation using our online form at any time.
Motor Vehicle Accidents Verdicts & Settlements
Proner & Proner’s experienced car accident attorneys win big verdicts and settlements for seriously injured clients. In some cases, clients have won millions of dollars in compensation. Some of our major cases are listed below.
Female, 43: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk. Our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Catastrophic injuries to entire right side of body below the waist resulting in amputation of the right leg and hind quarter; bladder rupture; multiple rib and spinal fractures
Male, 63: Pedestrian hit by bus
Our client was crossing a street when a bus hit a car and the car spun and hit him.
Injuries: Traumatic brain injury; fractured shoulder
Male: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck as a pedestrian by a taxicab that was involved in an accident with a bus.
Injuries: Stroke, with quality of life after the accident greatly diminished
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Crossing the street, our client was run over by a truck.
Injuries: Fractured skull and fractured right ankle, requiring surgery to head and leg
Female, 49: Cyclist hit by truck
Our client was riding her bicycle when a truck was turning and came up onto the sidewalk - our client went to back up and the truck struck her.
Injuries: Cognitive deficiencies, behavioral changes, permanent disability
Male, 38: Wrongful death
A man pulled over on the roadway to assist another vehicle in distress, and a tractor trailer struck him and his parked vehicle, resulting in his death.
Injuries: Wrongful death
Female, 17: Vehicle collision
Our client was in a car driven by her sister that skidded on ice into oncoming traffic.
Injuries: Broken hip and a ruptured diaphragm
Female, Female: Vehicle collided with guardrail
Two clients were injured in an accident that took place in 2003 when they were passengers in a car that hit a guardrail.
Injuries: The clients each sustained a broken wrist
Female, 45: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was a pedestrian hit by a left turning vehicle.
Injuries: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and shoulder which required three surgeries
Multiple Clients: Vehicle collision
Intersection accident with a van transporting handicapped adults.
Injuries: Broken ankle, closed head injury
Female, 32: Vehicle collision
While making a left hand turn, our client was struck by another vehicle.
Injuries: Broken right wrist, three compound fractures on right ulna requiring surgery, mild traumatic brain injury
Female, 21: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by car while on her way to work by a vehicle making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Comminuted left tibia and fibula fractures that required surgery
Male, 47: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was struck by a car while making a left hand turn.
Injuries: Broken pelvis, fractured sacrum
Male, 31: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Defendant made illegal U-turn and struck our client.
Injuries: Dislocated shoulder; injury to iliotibial band and lateral aspect of the right knee
Female, 42: Pedestrian hit by vehicle
Our client was hit by a car while crossing the street.
Injuries: Blood clots in abdomen, two broken ribs, compression fractures of spine
Male: Vehicle collision
Our client was riding a scooter and was hit by a flat-bed tow truck.
Male, 37: Vehicle collision
A traffic light was turning green for our client, when a woman ran full speed against the light and hit our client.
Injuries: Left ankle fracture which required open reduction and internal fixation. Fractured and broken nose
Female, 55: Wrongful death
Our client’s husband was killed when a car drove into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Wrongful death.
Male, 61 - Female, 62: Vehicle collision
Accident caused by police chase.
Injuries: Our client died as a result of her injuries, which included multiple fractures and massive bilateral extensive pulmonary with significant right ventricular strain.
Road Rage Incident
Mitchell Proner spoke in support of NYC motorcycle riders and called on NY lawmakers and police not to overreact to a highly publicized road rage incident or to let that incident cast all motorcyclists in a bad light.
Hit and Run
Attorney Mitchell Proner was on hand when the motorist accused of hitting a female jogger on a road in Central Islip appeared in a New York courtroom to answer charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
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