Reading Your Maine Accident Report
Unveiling the truth about your accident
After being involved in an accident, obtaining an accident report is crucial. By reading your Maine accident report, you gain clarity about the incident. However, deciphering the information in your accident report can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not familiar with the terminology and structure of the document. That’s why we’re here to help.
The legal team at Romanow Law Group has experience in reviewing accident reports and analyzing the key details that can impact your claim. We understand that each accident is unique; that’s why the accident report is so important. It serves as evidence that can help in determining liability, assessing damages, and seeking fair compensation.
Whether you were involved in a car accident, motorcycle collision, pedestrian accident, or any other type of accident, you should gain knowledge about details that may influence your case. By gaining a deeper understanding of your accident report, you will be better prepared to collaborate effectively with your attorney. Stay informed and confident as you navigate the aftermath of your accident. You can search online for a copy of your accident report here: Maine Crash Reporting.
On the top of the first page, there is a space for notes and general information about the accident. This includes the date and time of the accident as well as the report number and reporting agency. There are also specific spaces to report the location: the city, street, or highways and nearest intersecting street.
Beneath that will be a rundown of the accident. Things like fixed objects, road conditions, speed limits, weather conditions, and traffic are all noted in this section. Then the reporting officer will write a narrative of the accident as well as a diagram illustrating it.
Your contact information is also on this first page. The last section leaves spaces for witness contact information and notes of non-vehicle property damage.
Second page (unit page)
This page begins by listing information regarding a vehicle involved in the accident, including the license plate number, vehicle make, year, color, configuration, and other added details.
The next section to be filled out is about the sequence of events of the accident. It will mention speeding if that was a factor, or any vehicle malfunctions or defects. It also covers the extent of damage to the vehicle and the areas most damaged.
The last two sections are for further information on the vehicle driver and passengers. There is a section that documents injury type and severity. Although these are valuable pieces of information, the officer only documents what he or she is aware of at the time the report is completed. This can create challenges as many injuries are not always immediately apparent.
How an attorney can help
Don’t underestimate the importance of your accident report. At Romanow Law Group, we can assist you in interpreting your accident report. Then we utilize the report to help build a strong case and fight for the maximum compensation you rightfully deserve. Let us turn your accident report into a powerful tool. Contact us today to learn more.
Click here to download a printable PDF version of the full accident report instructions.