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How To Read A McHenry County Police Report


audiocd-claims-adjuster-request-3Video Transcription: Hi, This is Dave. Today we’re going to talk about police reports. We’re going to roll up our sleeves and get down to the nitty-gritty to find out some important information contained in your police report.

The first thing to do is to determine if you have the actual police report, not just the Illinois traffic crash report. When you’re involved in an automobile crash, a lot of times the officer will hand you the traffic crash report and ask you to fill it out and mail it to Springfield to give your version of what occurred. This is NOT the police report.

The police report is very similar to the crash report but the police report contains additional information not contained in the Illinois crash report. Specifically, it contains the charges the defendant had received — his tickets — and his court date. One of the most important things on the polic report is how the drivers are listed on the police report. The driver listed as Driver #1, or Unit #1, is the at-fault driver according to the police officer during his investigation.



Another important part of the police report is the primary causes of the car crash, and at the bottom of this page, you’ll be able to use a template to look at the numbers that are associated with the primary cause and secondary cause.

Most of the time, the police officer will write down the primary cause and secondary cause. This is helpful in reading your police report to find out what was in the police officer’s mind when he was preparing the report after he spoke to both to the defendant driver and injured victim.

The police report also contains other valuable information regarding who insured the defendant driver, who was his insurance company. If the defendant driver does not have insurance, the police officer will write on there “no insurance” and issue the defendant driver another ticket for not having insurance.

This is extremely important to know because then you have to notify your own insurance carrier of an uninsured motorist claim, and you have to do that within the period set forth in your contract of insurance with your own carrier.

Your police report will also list the names, addresses, and date of birth of all the passengers in the vehicle involved in the crash along with the name, addresses and date of birth of any witnesses. This can be extremely important in your case if you need a witness to testify as to the facts and circumstances regarding the crash.

On the back page of the police report, the police officer will document his conversation with the defendant driver and the injured victim and write these down on the police report. He will generally also make a diagram of how the car crash occurred and where the cars ended up. This can be extremely important when there is a dispute as to how the car crash occured because the officer is an independant witness and is able to give credible testimony as to what occurred and what the parties said directly at the time of the crash. Remember, the police report can be a valuable piece evidence in proving your case if you were a victim of a car crash.

If you are a car crash victim, and believe that an experienced personal injury attorney would be able to help you with your case, please call my office at 847-854-7700 to schedule an appointment with me so we can discuss the specific facts and circumstances of your case. Thank you.


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