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How to Read a New York City Accident Report Section by Section Boxes 21-30

Frank J. Dito, Jr.
Car accident, personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney serving Staten Island and Brooklyn New York.

When you are involved in a car accident in New York, when 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  you may request a copy of the accident report which can be obtained from the police station. Once you have the 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. 

Box's 1-10

Box's 11-18

Right Side of Accident Report

Box 19 - 20: Apparent Contributing Factors (Vehicle 1) -

  • Human - 2. Alcohol Involvement; 3. Backing Unsafely; Driver Inattention/Distraction*; 5. Driver Inexperience; 6. Drugs (Illegal); 7. Failure to Yield (Right of Way); 27. Failure to Keep Right; 21. Fatigued/Drowsy; 8. Fell Asleep; 9. Following Too Closely; 10. Illness; 11. Loss Consciousness; 12. Passenger Distraction; 13. Passage or Lane Usage Improper; 14. Pedestrian/Bicyclist/Other Pedestrian Error/Confusion; 15. Physical Disability; 16. Prescription Medication; 17. Traffic Control Disregarded; 18. Turning Improperly; 19. Unsafe Speed; 20. Unsafe Lane Changing; 22. Cell phone (hand-held); 23. Cell phone (hands-free); 24. Other Electronic Device*; 25. Outside Car Distraction *; 26. Reaction to Other Uninvolved Vehicle; 28. Aggressive Driving/Road Rage 
  • Vehicular - 41. Accelerator Defective; 42. Brakes Defective; 43. Headlights Defective; 44. Other Lighting Defects; 45. Oversized Vehicle; 46. Steering Failure; 47. Tire Failure/Inadequate; 48. Tow Hitch Defective; 49. Windshield Inadequate; 50. Driverless/Runaway Vehicle; 60. Other Vehicular; 
  • Environmental - 61. Animal's Action; 62. Glare; 63. Lane Marketing Improper/Inadequate; 64. Obstruction/Debris; 65. Pavement Defective; 66. Pavement Slippery; 67. Shoulders Defective/Improper; 68. Traffic Device Imporper/Non-Working; 69. View Obstructed/Limited

Box 21 - 22: Apparent Contributing Factors (Vehicle 2) - Same as above

Box 23: Direction of Vehicle (Vehicle 1) - 1. North; 2. Northeast; 3. East; 4. Southeast; 5. South; 6. Southwest; 7. West; 8. Northwest; 

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

If you have been injured in an accident in New York, you should speak to a knowledgeable, specialized Staten Island attorney immediately. Let the Staten Island Accident Lawyers at The Law Offices of Frank J. Dito, Jr.,located at 1610 Richmond Road, Suite 200, Staten Island, New York, help you devise and execute a plan of action. For more information or to schedule an appointment, fill out our contact form or call us at 718.701.2776 or 800.310.5520.