After an accident on a busy Port Hueneme street or out on Highway 1 or Highway 101, you may be left injured and/or with a car that’s no longer usable. To get help with medical bills and car repair costs you may need to hold a reckless driver’s car insurance provider accountable.
After a crash is investigated by the California Highway Patrol, you may need a copy of the accident report the officer creates. That report may be the strongest proof you’ll have that you weren’t to blame for a collision.
A CHP Accident Report After a Port Hueneme Traffic Collision
After an accident, you may need to file a claim for damages with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. This claim is supposed to provide victims with help paying emergency room bills and body shop fees.
To earn enough in compensation, it may be necessary to show proof that you weren’t to blame for what happened. A CHP accident report can help you in proving the true cause of a crash.
If a California Highway Patrol officer is the lead investigator, the officer writes up and submits a police report.
If you have a Port Hueneme car accident lawyer helping you secure fair compensation for your injuries, your lawyer will be securing this report for you. In an accident that only involves property damage, your own car insurance representative may be obtaining the collision report for you.
If you decide to grab the report yourself, you’ll usually need to be one of these parties to gain access:
- Owner of the Car
- Vehicle Owner
- Parent of Minor
- Legal Guardian of a Victim
Requesting a Collision Report from the California Highway Patrol
If you need your accident report, it’s best to make your request after waiting at least a full week or so. This hopefully gives the CHP officer time to complete an investigation and finish the report.
To make your request, you’ll need to fill out a collision report request form. It’s known as a CHP 190 document. You’ll find other instructions on the CHP website. You’ll want to know the location and date of your accident.
You can bring your completed form to the nearest California Highway Patrol office to your collision scene. You may also mail it in.
The CHP Branch nearest to the Port Hueneme area could be the Moorpark or the Ventura branch.
610 Spring Road
Moorpark, CA 93021-1278
4656 Valentine Road
Ventura, CA 93003-5740
What to Do After a Port Hueneme Car Accident
After a crash, you’ll want to make sure you have an accident report and other evidence to build a strong case in your defense. This helps prevent an at-fault driver’s car insurance representative from trying to blame you for an accident you didn’t cause.
Having a Port Hueneme car accident lawyer on your side can help in protecting you from unfair treatment from insurance adjusters. Your lawyer will also be securing your collision report for you to provide additional proof of what really happened.
Quirk Accident & Injury Attorneys, APC in Port Hueneme offers a free case consultation to all local victims. Contact us to schedule your free case review. There’s no obligation and it’s an easy way to find out the benefits you can demand from a car insurer. If you decide hiring us can help you earn more, you won’t need to have any money on hand. We don’t get paid unless we win your case for you, and then our payment comes out of the injury settlement you receive.