Reading Your Connecticut Accident Report
Knowing what to do after a car or truck accident can be difficult. At Vishno Law Firm, we want to help you through the process. One important piece of an accident investigation is the report completed by the investigating officer. Insurance companies use the information on the Connecticut Uniform Police Accident Report in determining compensation for victims.
To obtain a copy of your Connecticut Uniform Police Accident Report, visit the State of Connecticut's official Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection website.
As a special service, we have included a sample copy of the form with our comments to help you understand your report. You can click here to download a printable version. If you need help interpreting your report, call 888-222-1688. Attorney Jeremy Vishno will be happy to discuss your report free of charge. You can schedule a free case consultation at our Fairfield or New Haven office locations. We proudly serve clients throughout Fairfield County and all of Connecticut, including Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury, Waterbury and Shelton.
The top of your Connecticut Uniform Police Accident Report lists the time, date and location of your accident as documented by the investigating officer. In addition, law enforcement officials record the accident's case number, the number of vehicles involved in the accident whether the accident resulted in injuries or fatalities.
Traffic Unit #1 and Traffic Unit #2 record driver, pedestrian and vehicle information for parties involved in the car accident.
Driver information includes:
- Name, address and phone number
- Driver's license number
- Insurance company name and policy number
- Arrest information (if applicable)
Vehicle information includes:
- Vehicle owner name
- Registration number
- Make and model
- Vehicle identification number
If a truck or commercial vehicle is involved in the accident, additional information about the motor vehicle carrier is recorded:
- Carrier name and address
- Gross vehicle rating
- Presence of hazardous cargo
Officers record the Name and Address of Each Involved Person in the accident, including date of birth and contact information for pedestrians, passengers, witnesses and other parties involved in the crash.
The Accident Diagram section of your accident report allows the investigating officer to draw a pictorial diagram that details how and why your accident occurred. This includes direction of travel for all vehicles, distance to the nearest intersection, and possible contributory factors leading to the accident.
Below, officers record particular details in writing about your accident. Carefully review the diagram and narrative. Information about your accident recorded in this section may not be found elsewhere on the document, such as if a driver was drunk or admitted to being distracted at the time of the accident.
Damage to Property Other Than Involved Vehicles is recorded. This includes nature and extent of property damage and contact information for property owners.
Rank and Signature of Investigating Officer and other details, such as the officer's identification number, police agency identification and report date, are recorded at the bottom of your accident report.