How to Get Your Hernando County Accident Report
If you were in a car accident in Hernando County, chances are you are considering filing a legal claim to recover any damages you suffered. No matter what sort of accident you were in, if you want to file a legal claim, 99% of the time you will need a copy of your accident report to do so.
Police officers fill out accident reports on practically all car accidents that are reported to them. In doing so, they ensure that there is an official record of the accident. The information on the report is critically important to your claim and includes things like:
- A description of the accident;
- A description of what happened before and after the accident;
- An assessment of what conditions led to the accident;
- An assessment of any apparent property damage or personal injury; and
- The contact and insurance information of all drivers involved in the accident.
A Hernando County accident report may contain quite a bit more information than what is noted above, but these are the bones of the accident report.
To get a copy of your Hernando County crash report, you have a few options. Read on for more information on Hernando County accident reports and how you can obtain a copy of yours.
General Information On Hernando County Sheriff Accident Reports
Your Hernando County Sheriff accident report is crucially important to have before filing your claim because it is the official record of the accident. As a result, without the report in hand, you won’t know what is on the official record.
If you go into the claims process without knowing what is in the official record of your crash, you are effectively going in blind, legally speaking. So to make sure you get the most out of your initial consultation with your attorney, get a copy of your Hernando County traffic accident report beforehand.
How to Get a Copy of a Hernando County Accident Report Online
The easiest way to obtain a copy of your Hernando County accident report is to make a request with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office online. Some, but not all, records are accessible on the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office’s Public Records Inquiry web page.
All you need to do to search for your record is to input your first and last name. If you can’t find your report there, you need to submit a request online by sending your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your email, you should include as much information about your accident as possible. At minimum, you should include your first and last name, your driver license number, and the date of the incident. You should also include your accident number if you have that information.
If you need help submitting your request, you can contact the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Records Custodian at 352-797-3635. Their office hours are between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
How Much Does a Hernando County Accident Report Cost?
The cost of your Hernando County crash report depends on how long the report itself is. Most accident reports are less than 5-10 pages, but some particularly serious car accidents have reports that exceed 10 pages in length. Unfortunately, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office does not publish the cost of their accident reports online.
With that said, however, accident reports throughout the state typically cost between $5 and $20. The best way to know how much your specific accident report will cost is to call and inquire with the sheriff’s office personally.
How to Get Your Hernando County Traffic Collision Report in Person
In addition to making your request online, you can also obtain a copy of your Hernando County Sheriff accident report in person or over the phone. The report should cost the same in person as it does online.
All you need to do to get a copy of your collision report in person is personally visit the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Records Custodian office during their office hours (9 AM – 5 PM M-F).
To make your request over the phone, call the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Records Custodian at 352-797-3635 during the same office hours. You will need the same information to make your request in person or over the phone as you would if you were to request your collision report online.
Where Is the Hernando County Sheriff’s Department?
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is located at 18900 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida, 34601. Their office hours are between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday.
Please note that some police departments in our state have limited in-person hours due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, it is always a good idea to call the records office itself at 352-797-3635 before stopping by in person.
When You Are Ready to File a Claim
Once you have your report and are ready to start the car accident claim process, contact Wendy Doyle-Palumbo for a free accident consultation. Wendy will compassionately and intently listen to your story, review your report with you, and propose a legal strategy that fits your needs.
Every case and every client is different, so Wendy never takes a one-size-fits-all-approach with her clients. The legal strategy in your case will center entirely on your case’s circumstances.
Check out Wendy’s “client review” page to see what our previous clients have to say. Then, when you’re ready to schedule your free consultation with one of Hernando County’s top accident attorneys, give us a call.