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How to Read Your New York Car Accident Report

New York City auto accident attorney Jonathan C. Reiter – experienced, knowledgeable, driven to succeed

Car accidents in New York City can be extremely complicated. And that begins with trying to understand your New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Police Accident Report. This document can be confusing due to all the different codes, symbols and abbreviations.

Cut through the confusion. Make sure you understand your report. Explore our accident report guide below. And contact a New York City car accident lawyer at Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC. Call toll free or (212) 736-0979 and schedule a free consultation.

The information included in your accident report can significantly influence how much money you receive for your accident. Insurance companies carefully examine every single word. Don’t let them dictate what happens to you. Take back control. Contact us right now.

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Details matter. Don’t give insurance companies a reason to deny your claim. Make sure all the information on your accident report is accurate, including your personal information on the first page. This includes your name, address, driver’s license number and exact date and time of your accident.

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Number Injured

Pay close attention to the number written in this box by the investigating police officer. This is the number of people injured in your auto accident. Make sure this number corresponds to the correct number of people who were hurt in your accident. Otherwise, insurance companies might question if you or other people were actually hurt in your accident.

All Involved

This important section in your accident report contains information about the injuries that occurred in your crash. Make note of the codes entered by the investigating officer for Row 14 (physical location of injuries), Row 15 (type of injuries) and Row 16 (severity of the injuries). Find the specific codes for these three entries on Page 2.

Boxes 19-24

Information about the cause of your accident can be found here in boxes 19-24 on the right side of Page 1. Some of the codes include 2 for “Alcohol Involvement,” 5 for “Driver Inexperience,” 8 for “Fell Asleep,” 9 for “Following Too Closely,” 19 for “Unsafe Speed,” 28 for “Aggressive Driving/Road Rage” and 31 for “Texting.” The complete codes for boxes 19-24 can be found on Page 2.

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Codes for Page 1

Many of the boxes on Page 1 contain special numeric codes. What these codes mean can be found here on this page. Matching up the correct codes for each box can be a complicated process. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced, knowledgeable New York auto accident attorney on your side who knows how to read these reports. We can help you understand your form and use this information to build a strong case on your behalf. Don’t delay. Contact us today.

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Columns 14, 15, 16 on Page 1

This page explains in more detail the codes for Columns 14, 15 and 16 on Page 1. Similar information can be found on Page 2. However, this page goes into greater detail about this section devoted to the codes for various types of injuries marked in these three columns on Page 1. Make note of the codes entered by the officer in Column 15 on Page 1, a section devoted to the “Type of Physical Complaint.” The codes include 4 for “Minor Bleeding,” 5 for “Severe Bleeding,” 9 for “Fracture – Dislocation” and 10 for “Contusion – Bruise.” The often small difference between a minor and severe injury can be a big deal when it comes to being compensated by insurance companies. Make sure you agree with the investigating officer’s assessment of your injury. Or contact us immediately. We can help you set the record straight and get you the money you rightfully deserve.

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Hospital Codes

Each hospital in New York City and across the state has a specific 4-digit numeric code. These codes can be found on this page. Verify that the code here matches the code entered in Boxes 17 and 18 on Page 1. Car accidents that result in injuries that require hospitalization are a serious matter. Don’t try to handle your accident on your own. You have too much at stake to leave your future to chance. Contact us and discover what we can do for you.

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Bus Accidents and Commercial Truck Accidents

Accidents involving commercial trucks in New York often involve serious injuries and significant expenses. This pages concerns accidents involving such vehicles, including buses, delivery trucks and 18-wheeler tractor trailers. Each large truck or bus has a specific code. Those codes can be found here and on Page 1 of your accident form in the box marked “Vehicle Type” in the row that begins with the box labeled “Plate Number.” Attorney Reiter has successfully handled many accidents involving buses and trucks in New York City, including pedestrian accidents. Contact our law firm right now and learn more about how we can help you and your family get the money you deserve.