The G3 team spends a great deal of time ensuring you have the resources you need to stay safe on the road. But we also make sure to provide the resources you need to deal with the aftermath of a traffic accident. Because they happen, whether we like it or not.
Though we may not be able to keep everyone safe all the time, we CAN do our part to make the process after an accident that much easier on you or your loved one… starting with the tips and information below.
Understanding the Difference Between an “Accident” and an “Incident”
No matter your reason for needing to obtain an accident report, the process starts with the city. But before you can get access to your documentation, you first need to know what report you’re looking for: an accident report or an incident report.
If you are wondering what the difference is, here’s the short answer: an accident report is defined as an “unexpected event that may result in property damage, and does result in an injury or illness.”
An incident, on the other hand, is defined as an “unexpected event that may result in property damage, but does not result in an injury or illness” (SafteySync). You may have even heard incidents referred to as different terms before, such as “close calls” or “near misses.”
3 Options for Retrieving Your Accident Report
Like any other city, there are certain steps you must follow in order to obtain an accident report in Knoxville, Tennessee.
- This step is only for those attempting to access their report in person. To obtain your report, you can go to Police Headquarters at 800 Howard Baker Jr Ave. and present your blue “Accident Information” card in person at the “Records” window.
- This step is only for those attempting to access their report by mail. As an alternative to an in person visit, you can also obtain your report by mail. According to the City of Knoxville, any requests made by mail “must contain either a copy of the blue Accident Information card, or a letter stating the report number, date, location and driver’s name.”
- This step is only for those attempting to access their report online. Another alternative to an in person visit, the state of Tennessee recently opened their online platform to those looking to obtain accident reports. To do this, you’ll need to go to www.PurchaseTNCrash.gov, click “get your Crash Report online now” under step one, and fill out the requested personal information.
Important note from the G3 team: We care about your health and the safety of our community at large. Because of this, we recommend using mail or online requests as your method for obtaining an accident report during the COVID-19 crisis.
In addition to your personal information, you’ll need to provide some form of payment. Unfortunately, this is required whether you request your report in person, by mail, or online. By mail, this can be done via a check or money order, made payable to the city for the exact amount due. Online, this can be done for a fee of $10 via credit card.
Your Local Contact
If you’re looking for information not present in this article or online, you can contact your local city officials to learn more. As noted on the City of Knoxville’s main website, the best person to contact about obtaining an accident report is currently:
Donna Patty, Records Supervisor
Phone: (865) 215-7511
Remember, You Deserve the Best!
After an accident, you deserve the best Personal Injury attorney possible. You deserve a lawyer and legal team that will fight for your rights as if they were our own. You deserve the support of G3 Help Me.
As a survivor who recovered from a broken neck after he was injured in head-on collision, G. Turner Howard III and his team know firsthand what you need during this critical time in your life. Give us a call at (865) 558-8030 or contact us online for your free case evaluation.
Disclaimer: Information in this article is directly sourced from the City of Knoxville. You can find full information on obtaining an accident report and additional contact information here.