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How can you get auto accident reports online?

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Local departments of motor vehicles and state highway patrols list accident reports online. Accident reports can also be purchased through websites such as BuyCrash.com and TRACView.com.

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How can you get auto accident reports online?
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As of 2015, people involved in a car accident can order the accident report online through the Department of Motor Vehicles, though such access varies by state. Generally, to access an accident report, the person must be named in the report, represent a person in the report, be involved in a civil action resulting from the accident or represent a person involved in the civil action. Fees vary by state, but the DMV typically charges both a search and a report fee. The search fee is due even if it doesn't result in a report.

Unofficial crash reports are sometimes available online through the state highway patrol if the accident occurred outside of city limits. Users can search the reports for free. If they need an official report, they can then contact the highway patrol or the Patrol Records Division. Accident reports are often available through city police department websites as well.

BuyCrash.com and TRACView.com allow users to access traffic accident reports online. Both sites charge a fee. State law dictates who has access to the accident reports, so the above criteria still apply, depending on the state. Only insurance companies can purchase accident reports through TRACView.

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