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Obtaining the Collision Report After Your Accident

The aftermath of a car accident can be both overwhelming and confusing. One of the key pieces of information you will need is the auto insurance details of the other driver involved in the collision. This article will walk you through the various avenues to acquire this vital information and will also guide you on how to obtain a collision report from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Interacting with the Other Driver

Should the situation permit—that is, neither you nor the other driver require immediate medical attention—take the opportunity to collect the following details directly:

  • The driver's full name and, if unclear, the correct spelling of the name as shown on their license.

  • License plate number, driver’s license number, or the VIN number of the vehicle.

  • Direct contact information, including both phone number and email address.

  • The insurance carrier's name and the policy number.

Always remember to stay composed during this exchange and refrain from discussing the accident's details, as any statements may adversely impact future claims.

The Role of Law Enforcement

If the police are summoned to the crash site, an accident report will be prepared, which will encompass the contact and insurance information of each party involved. Obtaining this report usually takes between three to 10 business days post-incident.

For residents of Los Angeles, the LAPD allows you to obtain traffic collision reports via the following methods:

  • By Mail: Fill out the Traffic Collision Report Request and mail it with a check for $11.00, payable to the LAPD, to: Los Angeles Police Department Records and Identification Division Document Processing Unit P.O. Box 30158 Los Angeles, CA 90030

  • Online: Reports can also be accessed digitally by clicking here for English or here for Spanish.

DMV Involvement

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) could serve as another resource. However, you may encounter privacy barriers and will need to present a legitimate rationale, such as an accident report, to obtain the required information.

Consult Your Own Insurance Provider

If the other driver is unavailable or evasive, your own insurance company can guide you through the next steps, including whether they can assist in gathering the needed information.

When to Seek Legal Assistance

If you sustain injuries or face difficulties in obtaining necessary information, consider seeking professional legal guidance. A seasoned attorney can facilitate this process by liaising with law enforcement, the DMV, or even taking legal action on your behalf.


Retrieving another driver's insurance information is a critical first step in resolving any automobile accident. This information enables you to file claims and potentially receive compensation for damages incurred.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact Phillips & Associates for a free consultation today. We will work diligently and aggressively towards securing the best possible outcome in your case.


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