How to write a traffic accident report

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How to write a traffic accident report
A traffic accident report contains important information on the cause and outcome of automobile accidents. (parebrise image by Jacques PALUT from

Traffic accident reports are intended to be accurate and objective accounts of all the specific details of a traffic accident. They are used for insurance purposes, police investigations and as crucial evidence in court proceedings. The amount of time between the accident and the date the report is due varies from state to state. When you are involved in an accident, the important thing is to collect all the necessary information before leaving the scene of the accident.

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    Determine if you are required to file a report. The rules and regulations for traffic accident reports vary from state to state. In many cases, police officers collect information from the parties involved in the accident and then write the report themselves. Information about traffic accident reports in your state may be found at the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction website. The police officer on the scene of the accident will inform you if you are required to fill out a traffic accident report. The form may be obtained from the local police department.

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    Read the accident report form and make sure you understand all the questions. The questions on the report are simple and straightforward. The report will contain information about the persons and vehicles involved, a narrative about events leading up to the accident and a diagram of the accident. Pay attention to the due date on the report.

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    Write down the details of the accident while they are fresh in your mind. There will be a space on the form to write a narrative of the event. It is best to jot down details of the accident before you leave the scene. In addition to a narrative of the event, the form will ask you to draw a diagram of the event. The necessary details include street names, road conditions, the direction you were travelling, the speed you were travelling and other factors that contributed to the accident. The report should be as objective as possible.

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    Fill out the basic information. Essential information includes name, place of residence, and the time, date, and location of the accident. Additional information includes the year and make of your vehicle, insurance information, and a list of vehicle damage, property damage, and personal injuries.

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    Describe the accident. Use your notes about the accident to write an objective and concise description of the accident. The description should be a paragraph long. Draw a diagram of the accident that outlines how and where the accident occurred.

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    Proofread the report. Make sure that you have supplied all the necessary information. Pay close attention to your narrative and diagram of the event to make sure that you have not made any blunders.

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    Turn the traffic accident report in on time.

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