Louisiana Car Accident Report Basics

If you've gotten into a car accident in the Bayou State, you may be wondering if you need to file a car accident report. Under Louisiana law, you are required to file a report with the local police station if the accident results in injury, death, or property damage over $500. Furthermore, if the accident results in injury, death or property damage over $100, a written report of the accident must be forwarded to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPSC). If you do not forward such a written accident report to the DPSC within 24 hours of the accident, then you may be fined up to $100 or imprisoned for up to 60 days.

Louisiana Car Accident Report Overview

The table below covers steps for how to file a car crash report in Louisiana and when you are required to report.

State Statutes

Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 32 ยง 398

When to Report:

You must file an accident report to the local police station if the accident results in any of the following:

  • Death
  • Injury
  • Property damage exceeding $500

You must also forward a written accident report to the Louisiana DPSC within 24 hours of an accident if the accident results in any of the below:

  • Death
  • Injury
  • Property damage exceeding $100

How to File a Car Crash Report in Louisiana:

If you are involved in an accident meeting the above conditions, you must file an accident report with a local police station and forward that report to the Louisiana DPSC within 24 hours of the accident. The report must contain at the very least:

  • Name, address, driver's license or permit number of an drivers involved
  • All relevant insurance information for any drivers involved
  • Registration numbers and license plate numbers of any vehicles involved or damaged
  • As much information about the accident as possible including weather and road conditions, time of day, location and other information.

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Searching for Accident Reports Online

After you file an accident report with the local authorities, you can look up your report online based on the first and last names of the driver/pedestrian involved, in which Louisiana parish the accident occurred, and the date of the accident occurred on as well.

Supplemental Reports

The Louisiana DPSC may require a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident who has previously filed an accident report to provide a supplemental report when the original report is considered insufficient. This may require witnesses of an accident for rendering reports.

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