Useful Links

Links to help you report a car crash in Illinois.

Useful Links to help you obtain a crash report in Illinois.

Obtaining a police report

Contact whatever police department came to the scene of your accident to obtain a copy of your report. If your accident took place on a highway or interstate, it was likely handled by the Illinois State Police. Most times, the officer will give you additional information on how you can request a copy of the crash report.

Crash Report from Chicago Police Department:

https://home.chicagopolice.org/services/traffic-crash-reports/

Crash Report from the Illinois State Police:

https://isp.illinois.gov/CrashReports

Crash Report from Naperville Police Department:

Call: 630-420-6157

Many crash reports from various police departments can be found here:

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Trying to get camera footage

If your accident took place at an intersection, there’s a chance that the city maintains a camera system that monitors that intersection. In order to get this camera footage, you can submit a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request into the city. Each city has a department that handles their FOIA requests and each city’s website will give instructions on how to submit a request. Typically, you are emailing a form or submitting a form to them telling them what you are looking for. Your request can simply say:

“I am requesting any and all traffic camera footage from the intersection of Main and 1st St, on January 4, 2024 between the hours of 6:00- 6:30pm that captured an auto accident that took place.”

It is also useful to go to the scene of the accident and see if there are any businesses nearby that may have security cameras that may have captured the accident. Many security cameras delete over footage over 7 days old.

City of Chicago FOIA

https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/progs/foia.html

Naperville FOIA

https://www.naperville.il.us/services/foia-request/

Obtaining a police report

Contact whatever police department came to the scene of your accident to obtain a copy of your report. If your accident took place on a highway or interstate, it was likely handled by the Illinois State Police. Most times, the officer will give you additional information on how you can request a copy of the crash report.

Crash Report from Chicago Police Department:

Chicago Police Website

Crash Report from the Illinois State Police:

State Police Crash Reports

Crash Report from Naperville Police Department:

Call: 630-420-6157

Many crash reports from various police departments can be found here:

LexisNexis BuyCrash

Trying to get camera footage

If your accident took place at an intersection, there’s a chance that the city maintains a camera system that monitors that intersection. In order to get this camera footage, you can submit a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request into the city. Each city has a department that handles their FOIA requests and each city’s website will give instructions on how to submit a request. Typically, you are emailing a form or submitting a form to them telling them what you are looking for. Your request can simply say:

“I am requesting any and all traffic camera footage from the intersection of Main and 1st St, on January 4, 2024 between the hours of 6:00- 6:30pm that captured an auto accident that took place.”

It is also useful to go to the scene of the accident and see if there are any businesses nearby that may have security cameras that may have captured the accident. Many security cameras delete over footage over 7 days old.

City of Chicago FOIA

Chicago FOIA

Naperville FOIA

Naperville FOIA

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