How Do I Get an Accident Report in Charlotte, NC?
Recently, countless NC residents have wondered how to get their Charlotte accident reports. These individuals have found it to be an extremely slow process to get their crash reports after an accident, but there is a reason for this.
An ongoing lawsuit concerning the release of reports by the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has resulted in substantial delays for administering accident reports, making it challenging for people to move forward with their personal injury claims and other important processes.
For this reason, if it is difficult for you to obtain your accident report in Charlotte, know that you are not alone.
The lawsuit filed in 2019 against LexisNexis regarded obtaining crash reports through the publicly accessible online portal. Plaintiffs Deloris and Leonard Gaston alleged that LexisNexis violated the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) by obtaining personal information for unlawful purposes, such as processing, re-disclosing, and reselling such information.
On September 2, 2020, Judge Bell limited the class of plaintiffs allowed to make a claim under this action. Second, he found that Plaintiffs were entitled to summary judgment on their claim for injunctive relief, requiring LexisNexis to immediately stop public access to its online portal.
This case was settled in November 2020. What was the impact?
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department removed links on their site that provided public access to crash reports on LexisNexis. In other words, accident reports are no longer released nor accessible online. Instead, you must mail a request to the NC DMV and pay a fee to have the report mailed to you, which oftentimes takes 15 days or more.
How We Can Help Get Your Charlotte Accident Report
Our team at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. is working diligently to overcome this obstacle and find a work-around to efficiently obtain accident reports and help expedite our client’s case to a settlement. If you have been injured in a car crash through no fault of your own, contact our Charlotte personal injury attorneys at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. today at (704) 377-3737 to see if we can help with your case!