The police officer that first responds to an accident should provide you with information on how to obtain a copy of the accident or police report. This report can be very important in terms of evidence if there is a personal injury claim, so it becomes very important for you or your attorney to obtain the report after you’re involved in an accident. Some of these agencies will provide these reports for free while others have a charge. Accident reports generally become available 2-14 days after an accident.
Here are several helpful links for finding accident reports:
- Kansas Highway Patrol – Accident Report
- Wichita Police Department – Accident Reports
- Topeka Police Department – Accident Reports
- Salina Police Department – Accident Reports
- Manhattan, Riley County Police Department – Accident Reports
- Lawrence Police Department – Accident Reports
- Hutchinson Police Department – Accident Reports
What happens if I disagree with an accident report or there is a mistake?
If there is a mistake in an accident report, that mistake is not the final word on how an accident occurred. Sometimes these reports contain factual mistakes (e.g. the location of the accident, or the vehicle type), or mistaken opinions. It is also possible that you disagree with an investigating officer if you or someone else received a citation for violating a rule of the road. If you are dealing with this situation, the best thing you can do is to write down a detailed version of events as soon as possible after your accident.
It is rare for an investigating officer to make a revision on an accident report once the report is published. However, keep in mind insurance companies frequently investigate on their own. An accident report is only a part of the evidence that the insurance company uses to evaluate a claim. Insurance adjusters, yourself, or an attorney, may also find other evidence (e.g. video, photographs, witness statements) that can counter what is published in an accident report.