How do I get a police report after an accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident or bicycle accident in New Orleans, Metairie or anywhere else in Louisiana, it is very likely that the responding officer gave you a piece of paper with a number on it. Following his or her response to the scene of the accident, the officer will issue a full report of his or her investigation, which is available online.
Here are some resources that will help you locate a police report after an accident in New Orleans, Metairie, or anywhere else in Louisiana:
https://policereports.lexisnexis.com//search/ has a comprehensive search of almost all Louisiana parishes.
If you are involved in a car accident in Jefferson Parish, Orleans Parish, Grant Parish, St. Helena Parish, or Terrebone Parish, you will be able to instantaneously download your report here: https://www.buycrash.com/
If the accident was investigated by the Louisiana State Police, their reports are available here: https://crashreports.dps.louisiana.gov/ladpsecom/SearchCrashes.ts?m=search
An important detail to note is that reports available from these search engines may not be comprehensive. If you want to obtain the written statements that may have been obtained by the officers, body camera footage, dash camera footage, supplemental reports, or any other documentation that the officer may have logged into evidence, you will need to send a FOIA request to the investigating agency.
If you have been involved in an accident, there are other pieces of evidence that are important to secure and steps to be taken in order to preserve a claim. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to review the facts and circumstances surrounding an accident because that is exactly what the insurance company for the other driver is doing. An attorney will be able to open an investigation immediately, and secure evidence such as witness statements and camera footage . We will be able to spend letters advising the other driver not to delete important evidence that will be in his or her possession.
https://www.kieferandkiefer.com/blog/ten-mistakes-following-a-car-accident details mistakes that all of us tend to make following a motor vehicle accident.
We always give free consultations on accident and injury claims. Please give us a call at 504-828-3313 if you believe that we can be of help to you.
This is being provided for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.