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How to Read Your New Hampshire Car Accident Report

When car crashes happen in New Hampshire, the police accident report becomes a key piece of evidence in the claim. This report, formally known as the State of New Hampshire Uniform Police Traffic Crash Report, is used by insurance companies to determine fault and decide whether to approve or deny a claim. The investigating officer will likely reference the report if called to testify at a trial or in a deposition.

It’s important to know what your report says and how those details could affect your case. Here’s what you need to know.

State of New Hampshire Uniform Police Traffic Crash Report

https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.gov/files/documents/nh_par_rev_11_2007_sub_4_3_2008.pdf

New Hampshire Accident Report page 1

Page 1

The first section documents when and where the crash occurred. Take note of the time of the crash and the time police arrived, which is often many minutes or even hours later.
The left and right sides describe the “Units” (vehicles or other road users) involved in the crash. (In a single-vehicle accident, the right side is left blank.)

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Each unit documents the driver’s name and contact information, license information, and insurance information, as well as the make, model, year, and insurance information for the vehicle itself, as well as the direction of travel.

New Hampshire Accident Report page 2

Page 2

This page lists people involved in the accident, including passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and witnesses.

Each row includes a person’s name, their role in the accident, where they were seated, whether an airbag was deployed, and whether they were ejected from a vehicle. Each person’s severity of injury is also documented here but remember that not all injuries are immediately obvious after a crash.

The final section documents any non-vehicle property damage, such as a fence, guardrail, or building.

New Hampshire Accident Report page 3

Page 3 

The investigating officer draws a diagram of the crash, including vehicle positions and directions of travel. The diagram should also include skid marks and other visual evidence.
The officer also writes out a narrative of how the accident happened. Read through this carefully, as it may contain details not mentioned anywhere else.

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