Are Car Accident Reports Public Record?
According to New York’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), car accident reports are made available to the public anywhere from 14 to 60 days after the accident date, depending on how the report was submitted. The DMV keeps accident reports submitted by both police and motorists for up to four years after the accident. Accident reports are public record, meaning that anyone who wants to look at your New York car accident report can do so for a fee.
Car accident reports are not generally a matter of public record in California. A copy of the report can be obtained from law enforcement.
If you were involved in a car accident and sustained injuries, it’s essential to get a copy as soon as possible to ensure all the information is correct. If there are errors, it can potentially hinder your ability to pursue damages in an injury claim.