Accident Scene Information
It is more important than ever, to gather all pertinent information at the scene of an accident as well as taking photos of the damaged vehicles.
Many police departments are redacting (editing, blackening out) information from police reports due to an Illinois federal court case ruling (1). The ruling stated that providing personal information found on police reports violated the privacy rights of drivers. Police departments are now wary that they could be sued if they provide police reports which contain personal information of drivers. Contacting drivers to file claims against them becomes very difficult without court action requiring the release of this information. Insurance companies do have permissive use, however, there can be delays in the insurance companies getting the necessary information to file a claim against the responsible party.
We can supply accident report forms
The stress of an accident sometimes causes you to forget just what information you should gather. An accident report form, kept in your glove box, can be very valuable at the time of an accident. Colonial has them! We’ll be happy to supply them to you. Just give us call.
(1) In compliance with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Senne v. Village of Palatine, 695F3d597 (7th Circuit, 2012), and the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (“DPPA”), 18 U.S.C. §2721 et.seq., the Sheriff’s Office is no longer releasing personal information under the DPPA unless it falls under a permissible use. Personal information obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles, including an individual’s date of birth, driver’s license number, social security number, home address, telephone number, photograph and medical or disability information is prohibited from disclosure unless one of the permissible uses applies. Permissible uses are listed in 18 U.S.C. 2721 (b).