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How To Get a Car Accident Report in Tampa Florida
If you were involved in a crash in the City of Tampa and called police, there will be an accident report on file shortly after the crash. (If for some reason police were not called, be sure to get this report filed within 10 days of the crash occurring, and in the future, always call 911 after a crash.)
If you have retained an attorney, they will likely obtain the accident report on your behalf. Also, your insurer or yourself may obtain an accident report for a crash which you were involved in. Those are the only parties allowed to pick up the accident report for the first 60 days after the report was filed.
If you are obtaining the report yourself, you will need a photo ID and you will also need the Sworn Statement for Traffic Crash Report Information form which you can download here.
Tampa accident reports may be purchased online here or picked up in person at Tampa Police Department, 411 N Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602 during normal business hours.
When will the crash report be available?
Short form crash reports are usually available within a week of the crash.
Long form Florida Traffic Crash Reports are usually available around 10 days or so after the crash. Long form reports are filled out when there are DUIs, significant property damage, injuries or deaths. Long form reports are also filled out when a car is totaled, when a tractor trailer or other commercial vehicle was involved.
Do I need an attorney?
Attorneys may not be needed for accidents resulting on only property damage or minor scrapes and bruises. However, it is always important to speak to an attorney after any crash resulting in serious injuries or fatal accidents. Tampa injury lawyers provide free consultations and offer you advice which is in your best interest.