UNDERSTANDING POLICE REPORTS IN NEW YORK
When the police are called to the scene of a crash, they are required to
prepare a Police Accident Report (P.A.R.), also known in New York as an
MV-104. The report is to be prepared as
as possible and describe the details surrounding the crash. Our experience
has taught us that accurate and complete is not always the case.
Police Accident Reports contain a vast amount of information regarding
a crash and those involved. This includes the crash itself, the condition
of the vehicles or bike, the weather, injuries, and other information
surrounding the incident. More importantly, they help you identify the
driver of the vehicle, its owner, and his or her insurance company.
If you have been involved in a crash, you may find it difficult to understand
the report. The report contains numbered boxes to the left and to the
right of the body of the report, as well as the actual body of the accident
report itself. The body of the accident report contains information on
the drivers and registered owners, normally a sketch of how the crash
occurred, and the responding officer's description of the incident.
It also may contain statements made by the parties involved. The report
is then signed and dated by the officer who prepared it. If the crash
is severe enough, the report will indicate whether the A.I.S. responded
and investigated the crash, and whether photos were taken. It will also
indicate if a summons was issued or arrest made.
In order to understand the codes utilized in preparing the report, you
need a Police Report Overlay. A link to the overlay is here:
New York Police Report Overlay
New York Area Hospital Codes
Additional links to help you identify Precincts are here:
To Locate and Identify N.Y.P.D. Police Precincts Click Here
NYPD Traffic/Collision Data
For Other States, Click Here
If you have been involved in a bike or cycle crash and have additional
questions about your rights to compensation as a result of your crash,
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