Tucson personal injury lawyer discusses car accident police reports

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So how long does it take to get a police report?

Good question, and the answer quite honestly varies. It depends on who we’re trying to get the police report from. I can tell you the Arizona Department of Public Safety sometimes takes six weeks to two months to move the reports through the process and make them public. The Phoenix Police Department, they’ll generally take a week or two at the most but sometimes can take more which partly depends on whether there’s a criminal investigation that’s part of the accident that occurred.

If that happens it can take an extremely long time to get the report. So unfortunately the best accurate answer I can give you is it depends, which I know isn’t the answer that you want to hear. But if you’ve been in an accident it doesn’t mean you can’t start to pursue your claim until you get a police report. We start on cases all the time where we don’t have the police report. We’re able to find the other driver’s insurance information. Lots of times the police will have given you a face sheet to the police report and that has a lot of the information that they need.

There are lots of cases where there isn’t a police report at all and the police officer has hopefully created and information exchange sheet that has some of the information that we need. But, so again, there’s a lot to it and there’s a lot of ins and outs to it.

So if you’ve been in an accident give us a call as soon as you possibly can and we’ll get started on your case immediately.

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