To help Florida drivers save time and gas, the Florida Department of Highway Safety has joined online crash report service buycrash.com, reports The Miami Herald.
Florida is the fifth state to offer this service. Nebraska, Indiana, Kentucky, and Georgia are the other states currently offering it.
The cost is the same as you would pay at a Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) station: $10. But there’s a $6 service fee for each report that’s ordered online.
The only Miami-Dade FHP station is at 1011 NW 111th Avenue, so the FHP Public Affairs Officer said, “It all depends on where you are and where you’re going. With the price of gas, people may just want to save themselves the drive.”
Ten days after an accident, the reports will be available online to those involved in the crash, their insurers, and their attorneys. After 60 days, the reports become public and anyone can purchase a copy.
Like most states, Florida requires that when a motor vehicle crash happens, a crash report must be prepared by the investigating officer and that the report must be filed no later than ten days later when a death or injury occurs, when a party flees the scene of the accident, or when it involves a DWI.
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