Obtaining Car Accident Reports

Collision Report, Auto Accident Report, Police Report, CHP Report

The first page of the accident report identifies the parties that were involved. There will be data regarding the name, address, phone number and insurance information of each party as well as license and vehicle information. There may also be information about the damage to each vehicle, where the officer shades the areas of damage on a diagram of a vehicle.

 

Another page of the collision report will have information about the weather, surface conditions, whether cell phones were in use and other details relating to the collision.

Next, the officer will usually write a narrative about the collision. Here the officer will include facts about the scene, any statements made by the parties involved and witnesses and then the officer will give his opinion as to the cause of the accident.

Although police records are not admissible in court, they can be very useful in personal injury settlement negotiations and gathering witness information etc. Since a collision report did not personally observe the accident, cannot testify and be cross examined, it is inadmissible as “hearsay”. In trial, you can bring witnesses such as an officer to testify to what they saw if it is relevant.

How to obtain a collision report

First, determine what law enforcement agency responded to the scene. It can usually be either the California Highway Patrol (Freeways and highways), County Sheriff Departments (many cities outsource to county sheriff departments) and individual city police departments.

If the accident happened in one of the following cities click the city for more info:

 

Menifee, Canyon Lake, Perris, Romoland, Nuevo, WinchesterTemecula, French Valley, Pechanga and Murrieta Hot SpringsLake Elsinore, Wildomar, Temescal Canyon

Police Departments

Murrieta Police Department Collision Report

Murrieta has their own police department. A collision report can be obtained in-person at the Murrieta Police Station

2 Town Square,

Murrieta, CA 92562

(951) 304-2677

 

or online via the LexisNexis eCrash website https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/ . It is your choice which method you would like to utilize when requesting a copy of a collision report.

Corona Police Department Collision Report

Online at: https://ecrash.lexisnexis.com/

Or call (951) 736-2330 to see if the report is ready and pick up at:

710-770 Public Safety Way

Corona, CA 92880

Riverside Police Department Collision Report

Online at: https://ecrash.lexisnexis.com/search For more information visit:https://www.riversideca.gov/rpd/trafficreport/default.asp (951) 826-5700

In person or by mail at:

Stations:


4102 Orange St
Riverside, CA 92501

10540 Magnolia Av
Riverside, CA 92505  

Los Angeles Police Department Collision Report

Online at: http://lapdonline.org/obtain_a_traffic_collision_report

San Bernardino Police Department Collision Report

Copies of San Bernardino Police Department accident reports may be obtained by mail, or in person at the Police Station at 710 N "D" Street in San Bernardino.  For additional information, call 909-384-5727 or visit: http://www.ci.san-bernardino.ca.us/contact_us/sb_access_online/default.asp?goparms=cid%3D7041

Nearby CHP Offices

 

Southern Riverside County Collision Report

As part of the CHP’s Border Division, this office patrols Interstate 15, Interstate 215, State Route 74, State Route 79, State Route 371, hundreds of miles of unincorporated county roadways

27685 Commerce Center Dr.

Temecula, CA 92590

 

(951) 506-2000

 

Riverside Area Collision Report

 

The Riverside Area patrols and services Interstate 15, Interstate 215, State Route 60, State Route 71, State Route 91 and a large and diverse unincorporated region

 

8118 Lincoln Ave.

Riverside Ca 92504

 

(951) 637-8000

Other Nearby Cities that use the Riverside County Sheriff:

Moreno Valley (Sheriff) Collision Report

22850 Calle San Juan De Los Lagos
Moreno Valley, CA 92552-0805

951-247-8700

Hemet Area (Sheriff) Collision Report

 

Inlcudes: Aguanga, Anza, Cahuilla, East Hemet, Garner Valley, Gilman Hot Springs, Green Acres, ldyllwild, Lake Riverside, Mountain Center, Pine Cove, Pine Meadow, Ramona, Sage, San Jacinto, Santa Rosa, Soboba, Soboba Hot Springs, Valle Vista

43950 Acacia Avenue Suite B
Hemet, CA 92544

951-791-3400

Cabazon Area (Sheriff) Collision Report

Includes: Cabazon, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Morongo Indian Reservation, Poppet Flats, San Gorgonio, San Timoteo Canyon, Twin Pines, Whitewater

50290 Main Street
Cabazon, CA 92230

951-922-7100

Jurupa Valley Area (Sheriff) Collision Report

Includes: Coronita, Eastvale, El Cerrito, Highgrove, Home Gardens, Jurupa Valley, Lake Hills, Norco

Norco Sheriff's Station
2870 Clark Avenue
Norco, CA 92860
Hours: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM,
Monday to Friday (Closed Holidays)
951-270-5673

Jurupa Valley Station
7477 Mission Boulevard
Jurupa Valley, CA 92509
951-955-2600

 

Southern California CHP Offices

(620) Winterhaven

1 Killingsworth Drive

Felicity, CA 92283

(760) 572-0294

(625) El Centro

2331 Highway 86

Imperial, CA 92251

(760) 482-2500

(630) Indio

79650 Varner Road

Indio, CA 92203

(760) 772-8911

(645) San Diego

4902 Pacific Hwy

San Diego, CA 92110

619-220-5492

(650) Oceanside

435 La Tortuga

Vista, CA 92081

(760) 643-3400

(655) San Gorgonio Pass

195 Highland Springs Avenue

Beaumont, CA 92223

(951) 769-2000

(660) Blythe

430 S. Broadway

Blythe, CA 92225

(760) 922-6141

(670) Westminster

13200 Goldenwest Street

Westminster, CA 92683

(714) 892-4426

(675) Santa Ana

2031 E. Santa Clara Ave.

Santa Ana, CA 92705

(714) 567-6000

(680) El Cajon

1722 E. Main St

El Cajon, CA 92021

619-401-2000

(685) Temecula

27685 Commerce Center Drive

Temecula, CA 92590

(951) 506-2000

(690) Capistrano

32951 Camino Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

(949) 487-4000