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We can all agree that the process after a car accident can be confusing. There are just so many things to do.
If you've been injured in an accident then one of those things that you'll need to do is to obtain a copy of the police's version of events of the accident called a Queensland Police Report.
A Queensland Police Report:
However, after you've been injured in an accident, you're probably not wanting to leap into a mountain of paperwork. There's this form and then there's that form to fill out, there's doctors to see, there's time off work to worry about, and sometimes it all gets so overwhelming that you don't bother to do anything and move on. And that can cause you massive issues in the long run.
What you need is a way to feel totally organized and on top of things with all of your paperwork to the insurers, police and doctors all up to speed.
This guide is all about getting you organized. We will give you the how-to to one of the most important things you need to do straight after an accident in which you're injured, and that is to get a copy of your Queensland Police Report, or as we called it a QP Report.
In the next 10 minutes, you will know exactly what to do and how to do it, so that you can get your report as quickly as possible.
The faster you get your QP Report, the faster you can lodge your insurance claim with the CTP insurer of the at-fault driver.
At the end of this guide, you will know the different methods of obtaining a police report for 2 different instances:
As lawyers, we've worked closely with the Queensland Police Force for over 40 years to ensure we get these reports for our clients on time, and now we're going to share that process with you.
Option 1: Visit the Police Station
Your first option is to visit the station that reported your accident.
Option 2: Call the Police Station
Your second option is to simply call the station that reported your accident.
The police that reported your accident will be the station closest to where the accident occurred. This is who you will need to contact.
In Instance 2, where the police did not attend the accident and there was an injury, things are a little bit more complex. But not overly complex.
Because of this, we've broken the process down into a simple three-step guide into getting this police report number.
Download the Form
You will need to download a Report of Traffic Incident to Police Form, available in the resources section at the top of this page.
This form does exactly what it says - reports the incident to the police so that they can investigate what's happened before writing a QP report.
To help with completing this form, we have provided another guide here (coming soon).
Complete With a Witness
Make sure you complete the form with a witness present. A witness, in this instance, is someone who:
Submit The Form
Once the form is complete and has been witnessed, you simply submit that to the police station closest to where the accident occurred.
Once you've done that, you'll get an online reference number confirming your form has been submitted.
Within 48 hours you should then be emailed your Queensland report number, and this will be sent to the nominated email address that you have given them on the form.
It's very important to know there are strict time limitations in Queensland that protect your legal rights.
That means you only have three years from the date of the accident to have your claim submitted to the court. Part of the build-up in having your claim submitted to the court is submitting a Notice of Accident Claim (NOAC) Form - of which, the QP Report is a vital part of.
If you want to know more about how to submit your NOAC form, you can watch another one of our videos here (coming soon).
Here's the summary of the list of the action items that you can take after watching this video to get some of your paperwork underway.
If the police did attend then it's as simple as this:
If the police did not attend then you will need to:
And that's it! Generally, your next step after this is completing a 'Notice of Accident Claim Form' to commence a claim for compensation. You can find an entire article dedicated to it here (coming soon).
If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to me and I'll see what I can do to help.
My name's Ashley Tulley, you can find me at [email protected], or you can ring me personally on my direct line at 07 3014 6543.
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