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How to read your Pennsylvania car accident report

When the police respond to your car accident, they will fill out a crash report that includes details about what happened. Attorney Ned McNelis will review this report carefully, as it contains important information.

The crash report is a written record of your accident and can help prove negligence on the part of the other driver. Police will note whether the driver appeared to be distracted or under the influence of alcohol. There also will be information about the location, time, weather and road conditions. Police will also document any injuries or fatalities.

Below, McNelis Law has provided some tips for reading your Pennsylvania Police Crash Reporting Form. Contact us for a free consultation or if you have any questions. We're proud to help Hazleton motorists move forward after car accidents.

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Box 1

This includes the officer's name and badge number and the name of the police agency the officer works for. Your lawyer may want to contact the officer if there are questions about the accident.

Boxes 2-7

This is where the officer notes important details about the accident. The information noted includes the location and time of the accident, the number of people involved and how many people were injured or killed. The officer may even use a GPS to write down the exact latitude and longitude of the accident.

Boxes 8-9

This includes information about any traffic signals or signs that may have played a role in the accident. The officer will note if signals were functioning properly.

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Boxes 10-11

These sections include information about whether the accident involved pedestrians, a hit-and-run vehicle, illegally parked vehicle or a vehicle disabled from a previous crash. The officer will also make notes about the driver's condition. This includes whether there was any drug or alcohol use, whether a blood alcohol test was done and the results of that test. The officer will also make notes about the driver's and pedestrian's physical condition, including whether either was intoxicated, sick, fatigued or drowsy.

Box 12

This section includes the name of the driver's insurance company, policy number, license information and details about the vehicle. The officer will also describe the point of impact and the extent of the damage to the vehicle. It also notes where the individual was seated in the vehicle and whether that person was wearing a seatbelt. Other details include whether the airbag was deployed, whether the person was ejected from the vehicle and whether the person was taken to the hospital.

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Box 13

This section includes the names of any emergency medical services and medical facilities that treated the person in the accident.

Boxes 14-19

These sections include information about other people involved in the accident and whether they were taken to a hospital.

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Box 20

This includes the officer's sketch of the accident scene. It usually shows the roads involved, intersections and curves, and the location of the vehicles at the time of the accident.

Boxes 21-22

These sections include the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident, as well as their accounts of what happened.

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