The "PR-1 Connecticut Uniform Police Crash Report"
A Connecticut accident or crash report is officially titled as "Connecticut Uniform Police Crash Report PR-1". The Connecticut Traffic Crash Report PR-1 is used by law enforcement officers in Connecticut to report traffic crashes to the Department of Public Safety. The details in the report are recorded by the officer who attended the scene of the accident.
How do I find my accident report in Connecticut?
If you’ve been in an accident in the state of Connecticut, there are several different ways that you can find your accident report. But first, you will need to decide what kind of report you need. An “Accident Information Summary” is an unofficial summary of the accident with relevant information. However, if you need an official completed case report, you can order one through several different methods. Both options are outlined below for your convenience.
Accident Information Summary
Provides preliminary information regarding the parties involved in an accident, the vehicle involved, insurance information, along with a brief summary of the accident. It is for informational purposes only and isn’t considered an official accident report.
Accident Information Summaries are available to any parties involved in the accident via the DESPP website for 30 days from the accident date. This report is provided free of charge. Some information may be restricted and if this is the case, you may visit the State Police Troop in the area the accident occured for a copy of the Accident Information Summary.
Completed Case Report
There are four ways to request a completed case report as outlined below. Remember that it can take up to 10 business days after an accident for the report to be completed and available:
- If you need a completed case report, you can request it for a non-refundable search fee of $16 by visiting BuyCrash.com 10 business days after the accident. There may be additional fees charged by the third-party vendor.
- For accidents that aren’t available online within 30 days of the accident’s date (as well as other investigative reports), you can request a report electronically here.
A copy of an incident report may be requested by mailing a completed
request form (DPS-96-C) along with the required payment to:
DESPP-Reports & Records Unit
1111 Country Club Road
Middletown, CT 06457-2389
If you’d rather go in person, you can make an appointment via Eventbrite
on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday and bring a completed DPS-96-C form
along with a check or money order in the amount of $16 per incident
requested made payable to "Treasurer-State of CT"
Basic facts about accidents in Connecticut
In 2018, Connecticut reported a total of 276 fatal car crashes among their population of 3,572,662. This put Connecticut at a total of 8.2 deaths per 100,000 people which is much lower than the United States average 11.2 deaths per 100,000 people.
Additionally, when considering deaths per 100 million miles traveled Connecticut reported in at .93 deaths per 100 million miles traveled while the United States as a whole reported higher at 1.13.
Connecticut Accident Reports - FAQ
When do I have to file an accident report in Connecticut?
In Connecticut, state law requires that all car accidents should be reported to the police. This is true even if no one is injured and there is only minor property damage. When law enforcement arrives on the scene, they will file an accident report for you. However, the law also states that you are required by law to report a car accident with damage of $1,000 or more within 5 days of the accident.
However, since you’re required to report all accidents to the police, this seems to cancel out this need because there will be a report done by the police department that arrives on the scene of the accident. So as long as you call the police and report the accident allowing them to arrive at the scene of the accident and conduct an investigation, then you should be covered and won’t need to file an accident report on your own. You can double-check this by asking a responding officer just to make sure.
What information do you need to find an accident report in Connecticut?
Since there are two different types of accident reports, and several different ways to request them, you may run into different types of information that’s needed to get an accident report. However, it’s all pretty basic information that you’d expect to be asked in order to search for your accident report.
If you are requesting an Accident Information Summary, which is an unofficial summary of the accident along with relevant information from the accident (involved party info, insurance info, summary of accident), then you will need to fill out this online form. Within the form you will be asked to provide at least three of the following so that your Accident Information Summary can be pulled up in their database:
Why is this Report so Important?
Data from this report is used for many purposes including:
What is a traffic collision?
A traffic collision occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other stationary obstruction, such as a tree, pole or building. Traffic collisions often result in injury, death, and property damage.