The Charlotte car accident attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates have secured permission from the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV) to have direct access to the DMV website and obtain copies of accident reports for their clients. Similar access is currently limited and most people must obtain copies of crash reports via US mail which can cause considerable delay in processing claims.
Why the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department No Longer Supplies Accident Reports
A few months ago Price, Petho & Associates shared the information that the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department would no longer make driver accident reports available on its website. The policy change was made in part due to the unscrupulous use of the then public information by businesses looking to profit from the misfortune of others.
A lawsuit was filed against the city under the Federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (FDPPA) after numerous complaints about predatory business practices were reported. Some vehicle repair businesses as well legal services firms were using the information to contact the parties involved and offer their services.
The FDPPA requires that personal information contained in the records kept by the DMV be closed to the public.
Most People Have To Get Their Accident Reports Via the US Mail
For many people, the only viable option currently to obtain a copy of your accident report is to go to the NC DMV website and complete the Crash Report Request Form. You can also call and presumably have the form mailed to you (adding an additional trip through the mail and more time before receiving your report). You then must mail the form to the DMV and await the report via return mail. If you’ve mailed anything lately or waited for anything to come via the mail then you know that the process is far less than efficient and can cause significant hardship for those needing to file claims in a timely manner.
You can also visit the DMV headquarters in person to get a copy of the accident report but you’d likely need to drive – and that might be a problem after having just been in a car accident.
Contact Price, Petho & Associates and Get Your Accident Report Today
At Price, Petho & Associates, we understand our clients’ need for speed when it comes to having access to the information necessary to get their insurance claims processed as quickly as possible. That is why we took it upon ourselves to find a faster way to get the accident report information to our clients. With our ability to access your accident report directly on the DMV website, we can save you days if not weeks of frustration and waiting.
If you have been in an accident in the Charlotte Mecklenburg area and need a copy of the police accident report you can contact us here for a free consultation with a Charlotte car accident lawyer or call us at 704.850.6322 to schedule an appointment.