Being involved in an accident can be a traumatic event for most people, even when injuries are minor.
If you were involved in an accident and need to obtain a copy of your Akron accident report, there are several different ways you can request it.
Some methods could be more complicated than others, which is where an Akron car accident lawyer can help.
Akron recently changed systems, so your retrieval method will vary based on the date of your accident. If your accident occurred on or later than May 11, 2021, the procedure is different from what it previously was.
How to Get Your Accident Report in Person
For accidents that occurred on May 11, 2021, or later, you can walk into the Akron Police Department during business hours. We’ve listed the address later in this article.
How to Get Your Accident Report by Mail
If you want to request your police report by mail, you will need to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request. The Akron Police Department will not mail your report back without it. The address to mail your request is the same one you would use for walk-in requests.
How to Get Your Accident Report Online
Requesting an Akron police report online can only be done for accidents that occurred before May 11, 2021. The record you request online will not display some specific information. Personal information that won’t appear in the online record search includes your:
- Social Security Number,
- Phone number,
- Date of birth,
- Driver’s license number,
- Email address,
- Employment hours,
- Medical information, and
- Social media accounts.
Some of this blocked information will not affect you. For instance, you already know much of this identifying information. But if you want a complete, official report or one that is for a more recent accident, you can email the Akron Police Department Records Room at APDRecords@akronohio.gov or call them at 330-375-2950.
How Much Does an Accident Report in Akron Cost?
There is no published cost associated with requesting an accident report through the Akron Police Department. If it’s necessary to pay a fee, the customer service representative will provide you with a fee schedule. If you plan to request your report by mail, you must prepay postage by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Where Is the Akron Police Department Located?
The Akron Police Department is at 217 South High Street, Room 208, Akron, Ohio. Business hours for walk-ins are Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4 PM.
How to Read Your Accident Report
When you initially look at an accident report, it may seem confusing. However, if you break down the text, you’ll quickly realize it provides valuable information that can benefit your personal injury claim.
Accident reports contain all essential information such as names, contact information, type of accident, vehicle information, conditions at the time of the accident, and how severe the crash was.
As you read through the report, you’ll find more detailed information on the collision, including a description of the damages, any sustained injuries, how the crash occurred, and any associated circumstances.
The responding officer will list all involved parties, including witnesses. They will also note whether anyone was tested for alcohol or drugs, or if there was any suspected impairment.
Contact an Akron Car Accident Lawyer
If you sustained injuries in your Akron auto accident, pursuing a claim against the at-fault party can be challenging. At Bensinger Law, we understand how stressful and traumatic an accident can be.
We have years of experience fighting insurance companies to get our clients the compensation they deserve after an auto collision. To learn more about how we can help, contact our office today to schedule a no-obligation consultation.