A few things happen immediately after an auto accident. The police are notified, pictures are taken of the vehicles and any damage, and an accident report is filed. Regardless of how severe the accident or injuries might be, everyone involved needs to fill out an accident report. Failure to do so is illegal in some cases. Filling out a report is simple.
What you will find on your Florida accident report
Here’s how each section breaks down:
- Time and Location: In this section, specify not only the time and location of the accident, but when law enforcement was called and when an officer arrived on the scene.
- Section 1, 2 and 3: These sections are for the vehicles and parties involved. Each vehicle, pedestrian or bicycle gets a separate section. Make sure to get all of the information about all other vehicles and people involved in the accident. Verify their IDs and take pictures of all cars, including license plates and anything that can corroborate the information they give you. If there are more than three parties involved, use sections 1,2, and 3 of an additional accident report.
- Contributing causes: This section specifies any other factors that might have contributed to the accident. These include weather, road, and traffic conditions, issues with one of the vehicles, etc. This section also asks for the sequence of events. Meaning, what happened first? Were there any secondary collisions?
- Narrative/Diagram: The last section is the narrative of the accident. Explain what happened. Be sure to note any arrests that were made on the scene, as well as any witness testimony and witness information.
The more you know, the better prepared you will be in an accident. You can view a copy of a Florida state accident report on our website.
Consult with an experienced legal team in Sarasota
If you have been injured in an accident, you need a Florida car accident attorney who knows how the legal system works. You need the dedicated legal team at Farrow & Pulice. For nearly 30 years, Attorneys Timothy M. Farrow and Jo-Ann Pulice have been helping injured Floridians get back on their feet after a car accident. We know that after the worst happens, you should focus on healing yourself and your family. We can take care of the rest. If you were injured, contact us today to find out how we can help you.