If you are not working with a personal injury attorney on your claim, you can contact the law enforcement agency that came to the scene of your accident. They will tell you how to request a police report. Most agencies provide opportunities to pick up your paperwork in person, through the mail, or online.
If you hire a personal injury attorney, their team will likely take care of this task on your behalf. They will know how to navigate the request process, pay for, and obtain a copy of your report.
How do I Get a Crash Report from the Gulfport Police Department?
According to the Gulfport Police Department, you can pick up an accident report in person by visiting its headquarters. They can help you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Gulfport Police Department is located at:
2220 15th Street
Gulfport, MS 39501
Alternatively, you can request a copy using the online portal website.
How Much Will My Report Cost?
The costs associated with securing a copy of your collision report depends on where you obtain it, the number of vehicles involved, and where the accident occurred. Examples include:
- Accidents on state roads: $10.50 online, starting at $5.50 in person depending on how many vehicles were involved
- Parking lot accidents with only minor damage: $3, only available in person
- Parking lot accidents with serious damage or injury: $5.50 or more
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Requesting a Report Through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Web Portal
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety has a web portal to request a copy of your police report after a car accident. Only certain people can obtain these reports. This includes:
- A driver or passenger in the collision
- A representative of a victim’s estate
- The next of kin of a victim
- An attorney representing someone in the crash
- An insurance company representing a driver or passenger
You can search for your report, pay using a credit or debit card, and download it. In some cases, this process could also allow you to obtain reports filed by local authorities.
What Role does a Police Report Play in My Insurance Claim?
The crash report filed by the responding law enforcement officer includes crucial information you will need to file an insurance claim, whether you plan to navigate the process on your own or with help from a personal injury law firm.
The accident report should detail what happened and the names of all parties involved. It also generally assigns fault and includes the information about the insurance carrier for the at-fault party. This makes it possible to file a claim with the insurer representing the liable party.
The police report will also allow your attorney to take steps to gather additional evidence in your case. This could include:
- Interviewing witnesses
- Identifying and surveying the exact crash location
- Providing accident reconstruction experts with detailed information
- Securing physical evidence
- Seeking video from nearby businesses
If police cited the at-fault driver, this is also on the accident report. This will bolster your claim against them, confirming your allegations that they acted negligently by violating traffic laws.
How Can a Lawyer Help with My Car Accident Case?
When a traffic accident victim works with a law firm that regularly handles these claims, they gain experience and resources they do not have on their own. The attorney can make the entire process easier for them and build a stronger case than they might be able to independently.
If you enlist the help of a car accident lawyer, they will request your report and use it and other evidence to develop solid support for your claim. You may be able to recover compensation for your losses. This could include:
- Medical bills to date
- Future treatment costs
- Lost income and diminished earning ability
- Property damages
- Pain and suffering
Most personal injury teams offer free case evaluations for victims hurt in Gulfport traffic accidents. However, you have only a limited time to pursue a judgment in your case. You should speak with a Gulfport car accident lawyer as soon as you can after your crash.
Talk to a Morris Bart, LTD, Attorney About Your Gulfport Collision
The Morris Bart law office in Gulfport, MS, will discuss your car accident with you today for free. We can explain your legal options and may be able to help you with your claim or injury lawsuit.
We are a contingency fee law firm that represents victims of negligence accidents, including traffic collisions. We have worked for injured clients for more than 40 years.
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