When a Missouri car crash results in injury or a death, a crash report is generated. This occurs when the Missouri Highway Patrol officer at the scene of the accident makes a radio report to his troop's headquarters. The radio operator types the radio report into the Patrol's computer system. This generates an online crash report that is sent to other troop headquarters and General Headquarters.
If there is no injury, an automatic report is not generated, but a written report may be. You should ask the police officer at the scene whether you will need to file your own Missouri vehicle accident report. You can do this at any local police station.
If your Kansas City car accident happened within city limits, a local police officer may come to the scene. In this case, a police report will be generated, but it will not be available online.
Accident reports are considered "open record" and cannot be withheld from the public. The report can be accessed by anyone within hours after the accident and is available online for 29 days. However, when a fatal crash occurs, the posting of the report will be delayed until next of kin are notified.
To get an official copy of an accident report, you must visit your local Highway Patrol troop headquarters or call (573) 526-6113. The official report is available about ten working days after the accident.
When you get your copy of the official accident report, review the information carefully. If you believe that any of the information is incorrect, you or your Kansas City car accident attorney may contact the Missouri Highway Patrol troop headquarters of the officer who filed the report and ask to have it amended.
Obtaining the accident report is just the first step in gathering evidence to support your Kansas City accident claim. Learn more in our free book, 10 Essential Steps You Must Take to Protect Your Injury Claim. If you'd like to discuss your accident with a Kansas City car crash lawyer, contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616.