How to Read Your Michigan Car Accident Report
One of the important pieces of evidence after a car accident is the accident report. If you were in an accident through no fault of your own, you will want to read and understand your Michigan car accident report. Insurance companies often require a copy of your Michigan Traffic Crash Report to process your claim. At Fraser & Souweidane, we want to help you obtain your report and understand what it says.
If you need to obtain a copy of your accident report, visit the following link for more information: http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-60152-112947--,00.html.
As a special service to you, we are providing a copy of a sample accident report with information our comments for you to use as a guide. If you have questions about your accident report, contact Fraser & Souweidane as soon as possible for a free consultation. Call us today at (866) 465-9095 or contact us online to schedule a visit at our Mount Clemens, MI office that's located just minutes off I-94.
A closer look at your accident report
Police document the date and time of your crash, number of vehicles involved in the crash and conditions that contributed to the crash. These include: car accident type (such as a head-on collision or rear-end crash), weather conditions, light conditions and special conditions (such as a hit-and-run). If an accident is fatal, it is noted at the top of the page.
The specific location of your accident is recorded by law enforcement officials. This includes city and county, road name and location of the closest intersection. The relation to roadway (location of first impact) is recorded, as are road conditions, speed limit and if applicable, whether the accident occurred in a construction zone.
Unit Number boxes record full contact information for drivers, vehicle information, and document all injuries sustained by drivers, passengers and bystanders.
Driver information includes:
- Name, address and phone number
- Driver license number
- License type
- Alcohol/drug test records
Vehicle information includes:
- Registration number
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- Make, model and color
- Insurance information
- Location and extent of vehicle damage
Injury information includes:
- Whether an occupant is ejected or trapped
- Whether seat belts and other restraints were used
- Whether the airbag deployed
- Whether a passenger was killed in the accident
The Crash Diagram and Remarks section allows law enforcement officials to draw a pictorial diagram of how and why they believe your accident occurred. Carefully review this diagram and remarks made by the officer. Valuable information may be contained within this section about the cause of your accident.
If your accident involved a truck, bus or other type of commercial vehicle, information on the vehicle is recorded in the Truck/Bus Information section.
Contact Fraser & Souweidane with any questions about your accident report. Call our Detroit Personal Injury Law Firm at (866) 465-9095 for a free case consultation and pay no fees unless we win your case.