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How to Get an Illinois Traffic Crash Report

Written by Jared Staver

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Jared Staver is a Personal Injury Lawyer based in Chicago, Illinois and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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CATEGORY: Auto Accidents


An Illinois traffic crash report documents accidents that occur in the state. A crash report can prove critical when seeking compensation for a car accident that has caused you pain and suffering because of another driver’s negligence.

If either you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, then contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900. Our record of accomplishment is why we are known as accomplished Chicago car accident lawyers and we can help you get what is rightfully yours.

Why It’s Important to Obtain a Traffic Crash Report

Traffic crash reports may be filed by drivers, passengers, or police officers after traffic accidents. They can be helpful in personal injury cases where you’re seeking compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other losses. You should obtain a copy of your Illinois traffic crash report for several reasons, especially to ensure:

  • The accuracy of the report so that you can identify discrepancies before auto insurance companies receive it
  • Your lawyer has it as soon as possible to move forward with your car accident case
  • Your insurance company receives it in the event you need coverage for the accident

Seeking an Illinois Traffic Crash Report

An Illinois traffic crash report can be obtained online from the Illinois State Police for a nominal fee. Providing information like the agency crash report number, the driver’s first and last name, the date of the crash, the location of the crash, and county where the accident occurred will make it easier for the police to locate the report.

Alternatively, a written request for a crash report should include the agency crash report number, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) number, the date of the crash, the driver’s name, and the names of any passengers. Include a $5 check or money order payable to Illinois State Police ($20 for a traffic crash reconstruction report). Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope in the mailing.

You can also obtain a copy of the traffic crash report from the law enforcement agency that took the report, e.g., the Illinois State Police, the Chicago Police Department, or a county law enforcement agency.

Contact Lawyers to Help

Without question, a car accident can change lives forever. Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help you receive the compensation you are owed if either you or someone you care about has been hurt in a car accident because of others’ recklessness. Call us at (312) 236-2900 to schedule a free consultation.

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