How to Read a New York City Accident Report Section by Section Boxes 1-10
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.
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 6: Roadway Surface Condition - 1. Wet; 2. Dry; 3. Muddy; 4. Snow/Ice; 5. Slush; 6. Flooded; 0. Other
Box 7: Weather - 1. Clear; 2. Cloudy; 3. Rain; 4. Snow; 5. Sleet/Hail/Freezing Rain; 6. Fog/Smog/Smoke; 0. Other
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
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