Reading Your Utah Accident Report

Knowing what to do after a car accident in Salt Lake City or elsewhere Utah can be hard, but obtaining and understanding your accident report shouldn’t have to be. Often, insurance companies require copies of your accident report to process a car accident claim.


Many clients tell us they want to know exactly what is contained in the report and what it means for their claim.

To obtain a copy of your State of Utah Investigating Officer’s Report of Traffic Accident, visit the Utah Department of Public Safety website here.

As a service to you, we are providing a sample form with information to use as a guide. Compare the form below with your own accident report. If you have questions about the information on your report, call Utah car accident attorney Peter W. Summerill. We will be happy to help you interpret your report, free of charge. Call (866) 408-0889 for a free case evaluation.

The top of your accident report documents the time, date and location of your accident. This includes the road on which the accident occurred, relative distance to the closest intersection, and relative distance to the closest city or town (if an accident was outside city limits). If the accident occurred at an intersection, the type of intersection is documented by law enforcement officials.

Information on vehicles and drivers involved in the accident is recorded including whether an accident involved a commercial vehicle.

Vehicle information includes:

  • Make, model and year
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • License plate information
  • Parts damaged in the crash
  • Estimated cost of repair

Driver information includes:

  • Name, address and phone number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Driver’s license restrictions (if applicable)
  • Insurance company name
  • Insurance policy number

Contact information for pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in vehicles involved in the crash is recorded. Police officers also document whether any parties involved in the accident were injured or appear to be injured.

Investigating officers draw a pictorial diagram of how they believe the accident occurred. This can include intersection information, distance from traffic signals, direction of travel, maneuvers by drivers causing the accident and skid marks. Officers also record the estimated speed of travel, estimated impact speed and posted speed limit on the roadway.

Officers describe in writing what they believe happened to cause your car accident. Carefully review this information, as officers have an opportunity to record observations from the accident scene otherwise not present anywhere else on the accident report. For example, if an officer believes a driver was drinking or distracted by his phone, it will be recorded here.

Contact information for witnesses and police officers is recorded at the bottom of your accident report. If a driver or another party involved in the accident was arrested, his or her contact information and citation are recorded by police.

Reading your Salt Lake City, Utah Car Accident Report

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Attorney Peter W. Summerill is an attorney who serves the legal needs of personal injury and accident victims in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and across Utah.

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