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How to Get a CHP Accident Report

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When you have been involved in a serious accident that required the response of the California Highway Patrol, it is essential to request a copy of the CHP collision report. Mounting medical expenses, time lost at work, and property damage from the crash are a few of the immediate concerns you may have after a car accident. However, there may be recourse available in your situation. 

A CHP report has critical information that can support your personal injury claim and help you obtain fair compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In this article, our personal injury attorneys explain how to request a copy of a collision report from the California Highway Patrol.How to Request a CHP Incident Report

To obtain a California Highway Patrol traffic report, you must provide the following through a CHP 190 collision request form:
  • The incident date, time, and exact location of the traffic accident.
  • List the names of the driver or owner of the vehicle involved.
  • State your Party of Interest under California Vehicle Code 20012 as the driver, passenger, vehicle owner, property owner, parent of a minor, or heir.
  • Give the address you want the CHP traffic incident report sent to.
  • Sign the request for the California Highway Patrol incident report.
  • Submit the CHP accident report request with applicable fees.
  • Attach a copy of your California driver’s license or identification card to verify if you are a proper Party of Interest for your CHP traffic report request.
  • If you do not include a copy of your California driver's license or ID card, then your signature on the CHP incident report request must be notarized by a licensed notary.

You can request a copy of the traffic accident report at any California Highway Patrol office either by going in person or by mail to your local CHP area office.

How Much Does a CHP Traffic Collision Report Cost?

The California Highway Patrol office charges $10 for a CHP crash report up to 25 pages and up to $40 if the traffic incident report is 75-100 pages in length. If your CHP police report shows that there are photos available, then it is $5 per CD. If you send a check for a CHP traffic incident report request, make it out to California Highway Patrol.

CHP Locations in Sacramento, CA

The addresses and contact numbers to California Highway Patrol area offices in Sacramento are listed below:

North Sacramento Area CHP Office
5109 Tyler Street
Sacramento, CA 95841
(916) 348-2300

South Sacramento Area CHP Office
6 Massie Court
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 897-5600

East Sacramento Area CHP Office
11336 Trade Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 464-1450

Valley Division CHP Office
2555 1st Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 731-6300

CHP Sacramento Communications Center
3165 Gold Valley Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 861-1300

CHP Headquarters in Sacramento
601 North 7th Street
Sacramento, Ca 95831
(916) 843-3000

CHP Sacramento Area Office Hours

To request a California Highway Patrol crash report in-person, visit the CHP area office during these standard business hours:

Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

If your traffic collision did not occur in Sacramento, visit the CHP Find an Office Page to locate the California Highway Patrol office that is near the area where your accident happened.

How to Check Current Road Conditions in California 

Before hitting the road and avoiding the risk of a motor vehicle accident, it is best to check CHP incident updates and California traffic conditions. Visit the CHP Traffic Incident Information Page, select one of your local communications centers, and see Sigalerts and local traffic conditions provided by the California Highway Patrol for your area.

How Long Does It Take to Get a CHP Traffic Incident Report in California?
A traffic incident report by the California Highway Patrol generally takes one to two weeks to be processed. In cases where a motor vehicle collision involves a fatality, it may take investigators several months to complete the CHP incident report.

Our personal injury lawyers understand that getting into a traffic collision and ordering a California Highway Patrol accident report can be stressful. Our legal team is always available to help you through the process. We have handled car accident cases like yours since 1982 and have the experience, skills, and resources to prove your personal injury claim and recover the compensation you deserve. If you have questions or concerns about your California Highway Patrol traffic report and potential claim, reach out to our personal injury law firm today to schedule a free consultation.

Why Do You Need a CHP Traffic Accident Report?

A traffic accident report by the California Highway Patrol can be useful when filing a personal injury claim against the insurance company representing the at-fault party or your own. It may provide details regarding what CHP investigators believe caused the collision and property damage. A CHP incident report may also include statements from eyewitnesses.
Specific sections on a CHP traffic accident report should be thoroughly analyzed and reviewed. Meeting with a personal injury attorney can be useful when going over the specifics of each section in a freeway accident report, what they mean, and how they may affect your personal injury claim.
Our law firm routinely examines CHP accident reports as they can sometimes be in error or inconclusive regarding liability. We are prepared to overcome any statements and conclusions by conducting an independent investigation of the traffic collision to properly determine fault. For a free case review, contact our law firm today to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers regarding your CHP police report.

Speak with a Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney Today

Getting a copy of a CHP traffic report after a car accident in California can be stressful. Have attorney, Ed Smith, and his legal team simplify the process for you. Call our personal injury law firm at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400 to get started today and receive our free, friendly case advice.

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