At Gerling Law Injury Attorneys, we never recommend that our clients go into a Louisville car accident claim without first having a copy of their Louisville accident report. Even during our initial consultation with a client, it is difficult to accurately assess a car accident claim without the proper police report
In that vein, if you need to file a Louisville car accident claim, we highly recommend that you bring a copy of your accident report with you. That way, we can accurately assess your case and determine how we can help you.
What’s on a Louisville Car Accident Report?
Similar to most other jurisdictions in the U.S., a Louisville accident report will contain a lot of important information about the car crash. Some of the more important pieces of information on Louisville accident reports include things like:
- The date, time, and location of the crash;
- A written description of what happened before, during, and after the crash;
- Various factors that could have contributed to the crash (road conditions, weather, etc.);
- Contact information for all involved parties;
- Insurance information for all involved parties;
- The name and badge number of the reporting officer;
- Injuries sustained in the accident; and
- Damage to vehicles and other property (including public property).
At the end of the day, the report is the official record of the accident. As such, it carries a lot of weight and is a critical component of recovering damages.
Who Do I Obtain My Louisville, KY Accident Report From?
Who you obtain your accident report from depends on who responded to your accident. If your accident happened within Louisville city limits, the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) will respond to your accident. If that’s the case, you will need to obtain your accident report through them.
Alternatively, if your accident happened, for example, on an interstate highway near Louisville, the Kentucky Highway Patrol (KHP) will respond and have your accident report on file.
Generally, there are three ways to obtain Louisville police reports for car accidents:
- Over the phone, or
- In person.
However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, LMPD asks that people refrain from making requests in person.
Requesting Your Accident Report in Louisville, KY Online
First, you can obtain your Louisville accident report online using LMPD’s web portal. For a successful request, you will need to provide certain information on your request form:
- Your report number,
- The date of the report, and
- The driver or vehicle owner’s last name.
We always recommend asking the responding officer to write down or provide your report number as soon as possible. If you don’t have your report number handy, you can email LMPD. They will look up and provide your report number at your request. LMPD can send your report through email or USPS.
Each report has a $10 fee. You can pay the fee electronically using most major American debit and credit cards. If you have trouble with the application at any time, you can always call LMPD for help at 502-574-6857.
Requesting Your Car Accident Police Report in Louisville, KY Over the Phone
Typically, you would also have the option of obtaining your Louisville accident report in person. However, as noted, LMPD prefers you make your request over the phone or online for the time being. Doing so requires you to submit the same information regarding your accident as you would online.
You can make your request over the phone by calling 502-574-6857 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Reports requested over the phone also cost $10 each. Like online requests, after a phone request, the department can send your LMPD accident report via email or USPS.
Ready to Get Started?
If you are ready to start the claim process for your Louisville car accident and want a car accident attorney with experience, look no further than Gerling Law Injury Attorneys. We split our attorneys into specific teams so we know that they have the experience necessary to advocate for you while avoiding any unpleasant surprises.
With us, you can go into the claim process with confidence, not trepidation. We set ourselves apart from other firms with the results we get for our clients. Just look at what some of our previous clients have to say about us. If you’re ready to take control of your claim, Go with Experience. Go with Gerling. ®