How to Get Your Manatee County Accident Report
It doesn’t matter whether you need help understanding your Manatee County accident report, taking stock of your damages, or negotiating with an insurance company.
Wendy Doyle-Palumbo is here for you. Car accidents are one of Wendy’s primary practice areas, so she knows the accident claims process from start to finish in Manatee County.
Before you file a claim, however, it is always important to have a copy of your Manatee County car accident report. Manatee County car accident reports are a critical component of any Manatee car accident claim.
Read on for more information on how to get your Manatee County traffic accident report.
The Importance of Your Manatee County Crash Report
As noted previously, Manatee County traffic accident reports are critical for anyone filing a Manatee County car accident claim. Your Manatee County accident report is the official record of the traffic incident.
As the official record, Manatee County crash reports contain a lot of important information like:
- Weather conditions at the time of the accident;
- Factors contributing to the accident;
- A designation of each party’s percentage of fault;
- A description of any related injuries or property damage; and
- Eyewitness accounts of the accident.
All this information, and more, is in your accident report. Without this information in hand, filing a legal claim is like driving by braille: it’s not advisable.
Nearly All Accidents Have a Crash Report
Luckily, nearly every traffic accident has an accident report. Motorists involved in car accidents are required by law to report any car accident to local law enforcement if the accident causes any sort of injury or more than an estimated $500 of property damage.
$500 of property damage can occur to a vehicle in a crash at parking lot speeds, so this includes practically every accident. Failure to report an incident can lead to administrative fines. When law enforcement responds to a crash, state law almost always requires them to file a crash report.
How to Request Your Manatee County Accident Report
Obtaining a copy of your Manatee County accident report is a relatively straightforward process. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Department maintains a record of all accidents that their officers respond to.
After 60 days, the reports are publicly available, but in the intervening time, parties to accidents, their legal representatives, their insurance representatives, and government agencies can all access the report through the county.
Cost of Manatee County Accident Reports
You can request your accident from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department either in person or through the mail. In any case, your request should go through their Records Department. Copies cost $0.15 per page if you make your request in person, and $1.00 for every 5 pages if you make the request by mail.
Get Your Manatee County Accident Report in Person
If you want to make the request in person, you can go to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office’s Records Section at 600 301 Boulevard West, Suite 202, Bradenton, Florida, 34205.
Their office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The office is closed to the public on weekends and holidays. If you make the request in person, you can always ask someone at the office for help.
Get Manatee County Accident Reports by Mail
Otherwise, mail your request to the same address noted above with the listed name: “Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, Records Section.” If you are requesting your report by mail and need additional information, just call the Records Section at 941-747-3011, extension 2295, and ask for help!
Once You Have Your Manatee County Accident Report in Hand
When you have a copy of your Manatee County crash report and are ready to start your claim, call Wendy Doyle-Palumbo for a free consultation regarding your case.
Wendy has helped countless Floridians seek justice after suffering in car accidents and will see your case through to the end. Your satisfaction is her top priority, and she prides herself on the success of her advocacy.
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