Saturday, November 01, 2008
Crash Witness- What Should I Do?
Q: What should I do if I witness a traffic crash?

A: If you witness a crash, if possible, stop on the side of the road and stay until the police can arrive. If you are not able to remain, you should call the police communications center at (574) 235-9361 or 911 if there are injuries, and advise the operator that you have witnessed the crash. The operator will forward your name and contact information to the investigating officer.

When the officer arrives we will need some basic information such as your name address and phone, take a short statement of what you saw (including if you noticed if either party was distracted, such as on a cell phone, any comments, or unusual behavior, such as driver and passenger swapping seats, etc), and you will be on your way shortly.


posted by South Bend Police Department @ 10:23 AM  
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Crash Report Procedures
Q: Is there any way i can get my police crash report online or have someone get it for me? I ask because I can't make it due to my work hours. I need it for my automobile crash.

A: If you are involved in a crash, by law you must get a copy of the report, have it forwarded to your insurance agent, and have that signed form mailed downstate to the BMV within ten days. If not, the state can suspend your license. The quickest way is to stop by the records office of the police station at 701 W. Sample.

I have seen a website- that can also obtain crash reports by state for you for a higher fee ($12.00 instead of $5.00), but I don't know enough about the service to endorse it.


posted by South Bend Police Department @ 10:16 AM  

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