How to Read a New York City Accident Report Section by Section
When you are involved in a car accident and the police come to the scene they will write up a report describing the situation surrounding the accident. This document is called a Police Accident Report. If you were involved in an accident in New York City you may request a copy of the accident report which can be obtained from the police station. Once you have the New York City Police Accident Report you will be able to determine different information listed regarding the accident, yourself and any other drivers or pedestrians involved in the accident.
Police Accident Reports contain a vast amount of information regarding the accident, the condition of the vehicles, the weather, injuries and many other information surrounding the accident.
If you have been involved in a car accident in New York City you may be wondering how to read an accident report. The form consists of quite a few different areas. There are numbered boxed to the left and to the right of the body of the report, which we will discuss in a little bit, and there is the actual body of the accident report. The body of the accident report contains information on Driver 1, Driver 2, the impact on the vehicles, the type of situation that occurred, other parties involved and the information for the police officer(s) who responded to the accident.
In addition to all of the information mentioned above are pieces of information that show other information in connection with the accident scene. The key for the additional information is below:
Left side of accident report Box 1: Pedestrian/Bicyclist/Other Pedestrian Location - 1. Pedestrian/Bicyclist/Other Pedestrian at Intersection; 2. Pedestrian/Bicyclist/Other Pedestrian Not at Intersection
Box 2: Pedestrian/Bicyclist/Other Pedestrian Action - 1. Crossing, With Signal; 2. Crossing, Against Signal; 3. Crossing, No Signal, Marked Crosswalk; 4. Crossing, No Signal or Crosswalk; 5. Riding, Walking, Skating Along Highway with Traffic; 6. Riding, Walking, Skating Along Highway Against Traffic; 7. Emerging from in Front of/Behind Parked Vehicle; 8. Going to/from School Bus; 9. Getting On/Off Vehicle Other than School Bus; 11. Working in Roadway; 12. Playing in Roadway; 13. Other Actions in Roadway; Not in Roadway (indicate)
Box 3: Traffic Control - 1. None; 2. Traffic Signal; 3. Stop Sign; 4. Flashing Light; 5. Yield Sign; 6. Offer/Guard; 7. No Passing Zone; 8. RR Crossing Sign; 9. RR Crossing Flashing Light; 10. RR Crossing Gates; 11. Stopped School Bus - Red Lights Flashing; 12. Construction Work Area; 13. Maintenance Work Area; 14. Utility Work Area; 15. Police/Fire Emergency; 16. School Zone; 20. Other
Box 4: Light Conditions - 1. Daylight; 2. Dawn; 3. Dusk; 4. Dark Road Lighted; 5. Dark Road Unlighted
Box 5: Roadway Character - 1. Straight and Level; 2. Straight and Grade; 3. Straight and Hillcrest; 4. Curve and Level; 5. Curve and Grade; 6. Curve and Hillcrest
Box 8: Which Vehicle Occupied - 1. Vehicle No. 1; 2. Vehicle No. 2; A. All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV); B. Bicyclist; I. In-line Skater; O. Other; P. Pedestrian; S. Snowmobiler
Box 9: Position In/On Vehicle - 1. Driver; 2 - 7. Passenger; 8. Hiding/Riding on Outside
Box 10: Safety Equipment Used - 1. None; 2. Lap Belt; 3. Harness; 4. Lap Belt/Harness; 5. Child Restraint Only; 6. Helmet (Motorcycle Only); 7. Airbag Deployed; 8. Airbag Deployed/Lap Belt; 9. Airbag Deployed/Harness; A. Airbag Deployed/Lap Belt/Harness; B. Airbag Deployed/Child Restraint
Box 11: Ejection from Vehicle - 1. Not Ejected; 2. Partially Ejected; 3. Ejected
Box 12: Age
Box 13: Male/Female
Box 14: Location of Most Severe Physical Complaint - 1. Head; 2. Face; 3. Eye; 4. Neck; 5. Chest; 6. Back; 7. Shoulder/Upper-Arm; 8. Elbow/Lower Arm/Hand; 9. Abdomen/Pelvis; 10. Hip/Upper Leg; 11. Knee/Lower Leg/Foot; 12. Entire Body
Box 15: Type of Physical Complaint - 1. Amputation; 2. Concussion; 3. Internal; 4. Minor Bleeding; 5. Severe Bleeding; 6. Minor Burn; 7. Moderate Burn; 8. Severe Burn; 9. Fracture/Dislocation; 10. Contusion - Bruise; 11. Abrasion; 12. Complaint of Pain; 13. None Visible; 14. Whiplash (Click here to read more about car accident injuries)
Box 24: Direction of Vehicle (Vehicle 2) - Same as above
Box 25: Pre-Accident Vehicle Action (Vehicle 1) - 1. Going Straight Ahead; 2. Making Right Turn; 16. Making Right Turn on Red; 3. Making Left Turn; 17. Making Left Turn on Red; 4. Making U-Turn; 5. Starting from Parking; 6. Starting in Traffic; 7. Slowing or Stopping; 8. Stopped in traffic; 9. Entering Parked Position; 10. Parked; 11. Avoiding Object in Roadway; 12. Changing Lanes; 13. Passing; 14. Merging; 15. Backing; 18. Police Pursuit; 20. Other
Box 26: Pre-Accident Vehicle Action (Vehicle 2) - Same as above
Box 27: Location of First Event - 1. On Roadway; 2. Off Roadway
Box 28: Type of Accident - First Event - Collision with - 1. Other Motor Vehicle; 2. Pedestrian; 3. Bicyclist; 4. Animal; 5. Railroad Train; 6. In-line Skater; 7. Deer; 8. Other Pedestrian; 10. Other Object (Not Fixed); Collision with Fixed Object - 11. Light Support/Utility Pole; 12. Guide Rail (Not at end); 13. Guide Rail (end); 14. Sign Post; 15. Tree; 16. Building/Wall; 17. Curbing; 18. Fence; 19. Bridge Structure; 20. Culvert/Head Wall; 21. Median - Not at end; 26. Median - End; 27. Barrier; 22. Snow Embankment; 23. Earth Embankment/Rock Cut/Ditch; 24. Fire Hydrant; 30. Other Fixed Object*; No Collision - 31. Overturned; 32. Fire/Explosion; 33. Submersion; 34. Ran off Roadway Only; 40. Other*
Box 29: Type of Accident - Second Event - Vehicle 1 - Same as above
Box 30: Type of Accident - Second Event - Vehicle 2 -Same as above
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