New York car accident reports are made available to the public after a short waiting period of up to 60 days. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), it maintains records of car accident reports from police officers and motorists for four years from the date of the car accident. Individuals and parties can request copies of the car accident report directly from the DMV. Copies of the report can also be obtained from the law enforcement agency that investigated the car accident.
You can also keep a copy of the car accident report with your vehicle records and records related to your personal injury claim. Contacting a car accident lawyer may be the best way to protect your right to fair compensation for injuries and damages. In addition, if you are injured in another car accident or personal injury accident, you should disclose to your injury lawyer that you had a previous car accident. Of course, if you hire a personal injury lawyer to handle your car accident case, the lawyer will get a copy of the accident report.
Car accident reports can take 14 to 60 days after the date of the accident to be available on the DMV website. Delays in medical care could harm your case because they give the insurance company a reason to argue that the accident did not cause your injuries. It's wise to have a copy of the accident report for your record, even if you weren't injured in the accident or resolved the car accident claim with the insurance company.