Hattiesburg Accident Report

Serious traffic accidents in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, are unfortunately all too common.

Drivers would do well to exercise caution on Interstate 59, James St., and Barkley Rd., among many other dangerous local thoroughfares.

If an accident does occur, however, you may need a copy of the Hattiesburg Accident Report (known formally as a Mississippi Uniform Crash Report) for the accident.  

How to Obtain Hattiesburg Car Accident Reports

Before you attempt to obtain a Hattiesburg car accident report, you should gather relevant information such as your name, your contact details, your driver’s license number, your car’s license plate number, and as much information as you know about the accident (date and time, etc.).

You can apply for a Mississippi Uniform Crash Report online, by mail at Driver Records Division, P.O. Box 958, Jackson, Mississippi, 39205 (call 601-987-1224 to confirm availability), or in person at the Hattiesburg Police Department. 

If you were injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact Harris Law Firm today.

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What Hattiesburg Accident Reports Contain

View this Sample Crash Report to gain a detailed understanding of the content of the accident report. In brief, the accident report includes information about:

  • Where and when the accident happened;
  • The police response;
  • Crash circumstances and conditions;
  • Photographs of the accident and the scene;
  • Information about witnesses;
  • Details about the drivers and the vehicles involved;
  • Information about passengers;
  • Information about any injuries or deaths; and
  • A crash narrative composed by a police officer that allows the officer to speculate, present opinions, and draw conclusions.

The last section of the report (containing the narrative) is potentially the most dangerous and the most useful, depending on its content. 

How Your Attorney Can Use a Hattiesburg Crash Report to Your Advantage 

Your attorney can use a Hattiesburg traffic accident report in the following ways:

As evidence: Many states do not allow the use of police reports as evidence at trial because they are considered inadmissible hearsay. Hearsay is, in a nutshell, any statement made out of court.

The hearsay rule has exceptions, however, and Mississippi applies Rule 803(8) of the Mississippi Rules of Evidence to allow both sides to use the content of an accident report as evidence, at least most of the time.

As negotiating leverage: Even if your claim does not make it to trial (and most claims don’t), your attorney can still use an accident report to pressure the opposing party to settle your claim with you.

In some cases, however, a Hattiesburg Police Department accident report contains statements by the police that could harm your claim (a description of the accident that puts the blame on you, for example).

Remember, however, that although Hattiesburg accident reports are persuasive, they are not invincible. A seasoned Hattiesburg car accident attorney might be able to cast doubt upon the contents of an accident report. They might even be able to have it barred from evidence altogether.

Someone in Your Corner of the Ring

Attempting to negotiate a settlement with an auto insurance company is likely to feel like a boxing match at times. Things could get even worse if your claim proceeds to trial, because you will have to deal with unfamiliar rules of civil procedure and evidence. 

At Harris Law Firm, we have been helping accident victims seek just compensation for over 35 years. Let us do the negotiating for you and even take your claim to trial if necessary. Call at 662-335-4171 or contact us online for a free case review.

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Noel Harris

W. Noel Harris, founder of Harris Law Firm, PLLC, is a distinguished personal injury attorney with a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law. Since 1981, he has been a dedicated member of the Plaintiff’s bar, specializing in personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and products liability. Known for his profound legal knowledge and tenacious client representation, Noel has over three decades of experience, yielding numerous million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. His commitment to justice is reflected in his memberships in prestigious legal associations, including the Mississippi and Arkansas Bars, Mississippi Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, and the National Trial Lawyers Association. Recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and holding an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, Noel’s expertise and ethical standards set him apart as a leading advocate for accident victims in Greenville, MS. Read

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