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Rhode Island Accident Reports

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When you're involved in an accident, there is usually a corresponding accident report that's either taken by law enforcement or submitted by the involved parties. Accident or crash reports are important when you need to prove your innocence in a legal case or if you want insurance company records of the incident. Even in situations where you may not think you need a copy yourself, it's a good idea to have your own record of it by obtaining a copy to keep in your personal files. This is because a crash report contains all of the important information about a crash all contained within an official document. It usually outlines who was involved in the crash, any injuries or property damage, the location, who was at fault, and more. Without a crash report, it can be difficult to prove your case in court or with your insurance company.

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How do I find my crash report in Rhode Island?

Before you leave the scene of the crash, the trooper handling your accident will provide you with an accident report number that you should make sure to keep handy to reference later. Usually, your crash report will be available 72 hours after the report was taken, unless the crash remains under investigation. Reports will not be released until investigations are complete.

The process for finding and getting a copy of your accident report in Rhode Island is pretty simple. You can either find and purchase a copy online or by mail. Both methods are outlined below in detail so that you can get your copy as soon as possible.

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How to order an accident report online in Rhode Island

Ordering your Rhode Island crash report via the internet is easy. In Rhode Island, online accident reports are available through BuyCrash.com, a commonly used website that makes it easy for law enforcement to offer crash reports online.

To find your accident report, click here and select "South Dakota" as the state. From there you will need to select the correct jurisdiction and provide at least one of the following:

  • Report number
  • Last name and date of the accident
  • Last name and street

The report number is the number that the trooper handling your accident should have provided you with before leaving the scene.

From there you will be able to search for matching accident reports and select yours. To order, you will need to pay the displayed fee via credit card before accessing the report. You can also purchase multiple reports at once, if needed.

Important note: if the accident resulted in a fatality, you will need to resort to ordering a crash report by mail as outlined below. Crash reports for fatal accidents are not available to order online.

How to order an accident report by mail in Rhode Island

If you prefer to purchase an accident report by mail, follow the instructions below. Keep in mind, this is also the only way to obtain an accident report that resulted in a fatality. .

To order an accident report by mail, send the following:

  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope
  • $15 check or money order payable to "The State of Rhode Island"
  • Paper documenting drivers name, date of the accident, and accident report number

Mail all of the above to:

Rhode Island State Police: Accident Bureau
311 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857

All requests by mail will be processed in the order they are received.

If you have any questions, you can contact Rhode Island State Police at (401) 444-1000

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