Most people think they will never forget the details of their car accident. Unfortunately, memories fade quickly, even when it comes to an event as traumatic as a car collision. That’s why it’s essential to obtain a copy of your accident report. These reports are used by attorneys and insurance companies to piece together the details of a collision.
If you decide to pursue a lawsuit against the party responsible for your damages, it’s vital to obtain a copy of your accident report. Read on to learn more about these documents and how to get copies of Panama City accident reports.
What Is an Accident Report?
A police officer who responds to the accident scene will complete a Panama City Police Department accident report.
A crash report provides vital information regarding your accident that insurance companies and your attorney use when negotiating a settlement or litigating a personal injury lawsuit, including:
- Date, time, and location of the crash;
- Description of the vehicles involved, including license plate, model, and make;
- The names and addresses of the parties involved in the collision;
- The names and contact information for any witnesses;
- The name, badge number, and law enforcement agency of the officer investigating the crash;
- The names of the insurance companies for all the drivers involved in the crash;
- Whether any citations were issued at the scene; and
- Whether anyone involved in the collision was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
A police accident report provides third-party, unbiased information about your accident from a reliable source. Some police officers may even decide fault in your accident. If you need assistance obtaining a copy of your Panama City crash report, contact a personal injury attorney to help you.
How Can I Get a Copy of My Panama City Police Department Accident Report?
There are multiple ways to obtain a copy of Panama City accident reports.
Phone, Fax, or Mail
You may phone in your Panama City crash report request by calling (850) 872-3121 during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also fax your request for your collision report to (850) 871-3198.
Mailing your request may take longer but can be completed by sending your request to the following address:
PCPD Records Department
1209 East 15th Street,
Panama City, Florida 32405.
Florida statute provides for a $1 fee to be charged for certified copies of public records.
You may submit your request for your Panama City Police report in person at the Panama City Police Department’s Records Division. This office is located at the same address listed above and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Panama City Police Department also accepts email requests at their email address: email@example.com.
Depending on the manner of the request, you may receive your accident report in paper or electronic format.
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With over 40 years of legal experience, our attorneys have earned their reputation for being honest, hard-working, and zealous advocates for our clients. We understand how difficult dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be. That’s why we work hard to take care of your claim so that you can focus on your family and recovery.