Why Is An Accident Report Important?

An accident report is an important document that is used to support your personal injury claim after a car accident. When an accident is reported, the law enforcement officer responding to the scene will usually prepare an accident report. The accident report contains crucial information relating to the officer's investigation of the accident. This information includes the name of the parties involved in the accident along with insurance information.

What Is In An Accident Report?

An accident report will provide comprehensive details about the accident. The responding law enforcement officer will usually prepare an accident report to document the investigation of the accident. The accident report usually contains information about who caused the accident, where the accident took place, what time of day the accident happened and other conditions. It also contains the names of the parties involved in the accident along with insurance information. If there are witnesses to the accident, the officer will usually include such information in the report as well. All of this information can be used by personal injury attorneys and insurance companies in the investigation of the accident.

How To Get An Accident Report In Milwaukee

An accident report also known as the "Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Crash Report" is available online through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for a small fee.  Generally, a reportable accident may take up to 10 days and sometimes longer to appear on the government website. Non-reportable accidents, meaning accidents that do not involve injury, substantial property damage or damage to government property, are treated differently and will not be on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation portal and will usually require an in-person, mail or email request from the responding law enforcement agency.

If you were injured in a car accident in the City of Milwaukee, you can also search for your accident report using the Traffic Accident Lookup page on the Official Website of the City of Milwaukee. To request information about a non-reportable car accidents, you can send a mail or email request to the Milwaukee Police Department Open Records Section. If you cannot find your accident report after 10 business days, you can call the Milwaukee Police Department Open Records Section at (414) 935-7435 for further assistance.

Contact A Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney

When you are injured in an automobile accident, you require diligent representation that will fully investigate your case. Milwaukee Personal Injury Attorney Natasha Misra will help you obtain your accident report and use the accident report to support a personal injury claim against the driver who caused your injuries. Contact Natasha Misra Law today for a free consultation and speak with a Milwaukee car accident lawyer today.

When Are you Required To Report A Car Accident?

Wisconsin drivers are required to report motor vehicle accidents that involve:

  • Bodily injury or death;
  • Property damage of at least $1,000 or more; or
  • Damage to a state or government owner property exceeding $200.

Those involved in the accident are required to report the accident to the police department, the sheriff’s department, the traffic department or the Wisconsin State Patrol. If a law enforcement officer responds to the accident, they have 10 days to file a report with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, or WisDOT.

In some cases, however, law enforcement may not respond to a car accident. In those situations, the individuals involved in the accident are required to report the crash to WisDOT. Drivers may get a letter from WisDOT requesting them to complete a report. If you receive this request from WisDOT, then you are required to complete the report. If you do not file a report or complete a report sent to you by WisDOT, then you may be fined for your failure to comply.

How To Report Your Car Accident

If law enforcement does not respond to your accident, then you will need to submit an accident report to WisDOT. To do this, you will need to complete an online form titled “Wisconsin Driver Report of Crash DT4002.” You can find this form online HERE.

Before you begin filling out the online form, however, you should gather the information that you will need to complete the report. WisDOT will request the following information:

  • Your Driver License Number
  • Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Insurance information for the vehicles involved in the accident

WisDOT will also request information about the accident. Specifically, the department will ask you to describe the accident and who was involved. For example, you will need to indicate whether the accident involved a motor vehicle, an animal, a bicyclist, a pedestrian, a parked vehicle or unoccupied vehicle, a fixed object or a non-fixed object.

In addition, you will be asked to discuss any injuries that occurred as a result of the car accident. The report will ask you to indicate whether you have suspected serious injuries (including deep lacerations, broken bones, paralysis, unconsciousness or significant loss of blood), suspected minor injuries (like minor cuts), or possible injuries (such as whiplash, limping or nausea).

Completing the online accident report form should take less than an hour to complete. Not only will reporting the accident help you avoid any potential fines, but you will also be able to use the accident report when seeking damages for your injuries.

Why Is Filing A Car Accident Report Important For My Case?

After an accident, your insurance company will likely request a copy of the accident report. In fact, before an insurance claim can be paid, the driver responsible for causing the accident must be identified. The driver at fault for the accident will then be responsible for compensating the other driver for his or her injuries and property damage.

Often, the accident report will be used to determine who was at fault for a car accident. In the event that there is a dispute regarding who is responsible for causing the accident, the official accident report will serve as the basis for an investigation into how the accident occurred.

A Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

If you have been injured in a car accident in Wisconsin, it is important that either a law enforcement official or you file an accident report with the WisDOT. The report will help identify the at fault party who caused the accident and ultimately help you recover compensation for your injuries.

When injured in a crash, you should also consult an experienced Milwaukee personal injury attorney - Natasha Misra Law. Our law office can help you with the accident reporting process and assist you in obtaining a copy of the accident report. Call our office at (414) 635-2858 for a free consultation and speak with a Milwaukee car accident lawyer today.

Natasha Misra

My law practice is dedicated to helping people who have suffered injuries in accidents which were not their fault. Born and raised in Milwaukee, I come from a family of medical professionals. My background and experience help me understand and represent individuals injured in accidents.