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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.


Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Lenox Hill Hospital

A 652-bed teaching hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital is located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood at 100 E. 77th Street. This 652-bed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan serves mostly patients from Manhattan, but other patients are admitted from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and throughout the tri-state region. Anyone who suspects negligence after treatment should speak with an experienced attorney immediately.


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Bellevue Hospital Center

Bellevue Hospital Center at 462 1st Avenue has 828 beds and experiences 115,797 emergency room visits each year. Bellevue had a higher rate of infections compared to hospitals in other states, according to a New York State Department of Health Report in 2009. Anyone who is injured by the negligence of a doctor or nurse at this Manhattan hospital, the oldest in the United States, will need an experienced attorney with experience and resources needed to take aggressive action.


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New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital

Lower Manhattan Hospital at 170 William Street in New York is one of the main campuses of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. This hospital, with 170 beds, provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services. According to an article in the New York Post, New York-Presbyterian scored 18 percent below average for patient safety in a ranking of hospitals by Consumer Reports magazine. Patients who suspect medical malpractice should not hesitate to arrange a consultation with a New York City attorney who can investigate and hold the negligent medical care provider accountable.


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Mount Sinai Beth Israel

The main hospital known as the Petrie Division is located at First Avenue and 16th Street. But Mount Sinai Beth Israel has other campuses, including Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Union Square. Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a teaching hospital with 1,368 beds. If you suffered any form of negligence while being treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, take action immediately to protect your rights.


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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at 1275 York Avenue in Manhattan provides cancer care to patients. The hospital is composed of two institutions: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, which provides patient care, and the Sloan Kettering Institute, which is focused on research. Patients who suspect a failure to diagnose cancer or some other type of hospital negligence can contact a lawyer to discuss options.


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Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital at One Gustave L. Levy Place is a 1,048-bed facility founded in 1852. It is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the country. Consumer Reports rated Mount Sinai 31 percent below average for patient safety. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice at any Manhattan hospital, don’t wait to contact an attorney to find out if you have a case. You may be entitled to compensation.


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St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue was ranked No. 14 out of the 30 worst hospitals for patient safety, as identified by Consumer Reports. The magazine examined four key measures of patient safety: hospital-acquired infections, readmissions and the quality of communication between staff and patients in regard to medications and discharge planning.


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New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center at 630 West 168th Street was described by a lawmaker as having “horrendous conditions.” Emergency room wait times last an average of 85 minutes, which rank among New York’s 10 worst. Any patient who was treated at the 995-bed hospital in Washington Heights and suspects negligence should not hesitate to speak with an attorney for a free consultation.


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Harlem Hospital Center

Harlem Hospital Center at 506 Malcolm X Blvd. received a 20 on a 1-to-100 scale gauging patient safety by Consumer Reports. The hospital received the second worst score in the nation, according to a New York Post report. Harlem Hospital told Consumer Reports it needs to improve in some areas, according to the Post. The hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital with 272 beds.