After a vehicle accident, law enforcement issues an official accident report. This report is called a Traffic Collision Report, Form CHP 555.
How to obtain the car accident report
If you or a family member was injured in a car accident, you have the right to a copy of the accident report. To obtain it, you must submit a legal form. The form is called a Collision Report, CHP 190. You must print and complete the form and submit it, whether in person or by mail. You can obtain the form from any CHP office or download it. The request form requires you to provide:
- The date of the accident
- The location of the accident
- The driver or owner of the vehicle
- Selecting who you are as a “party of interest” such as the driver, passenger, etc.)
- Your name and address
- Your signature
- The required fees (depending on the length of the report)
If you are uncertain about requesting the report, our San Jose car accident lawyer will obtain it for you.