After a traffic accident in Louisiana, you may wonder: Must I file a police report? Understanding the state’s regulations is crucial for those involved in such incidents.

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Crash Report Required for Major Accidents

Louisiana law requires drivers to report an accident to law enforcement if it causes injury, death, or property damage exceeding $500. Meeting any of these criteria makes filing a police report a legal obligation. It serves as an official record of the incident, aiding in insurance claims and legal proceedings.

Report Not Required for Minor Crashes

However, for accidents causing property damage under $500 where no injuries occurred, Louisiana law does not mandate filing a police report. In such cases, involved parties should exchange information, including names, addresses, insurance details, and vehicle registration. While not always required, voluntarily filing a police report for minor accidents can still be beneficial. It provides an official account of the incident, which may prove valuable in the event of disputes or discrepancies during the claims process. Moreover, you may not feel pain from your injuries until much later after the crash even if the impact seems relatively minor.

What to Do if You’re Injured or Someone Dies

If a car accident involves injuries or fatalities, it is crucial to contact emergency services immediately. Law enforcement will then arrive at the scene to investigate and compile a comprehensive report. Other actions you should take if hurt in a car crash include:

  1. Get the other driver’s license and insurance information.
  2. Take photos of the damage and the vehicles involved.
  3. Ask witnesses for their names and telephone numbers.
  4. Ask the other driver why they crashed into your vehicle.
  5. Get medical treatment and follow the doctor’s instructions.

Following these instructions can not only help you gather important evidence to support a claim against the insurance company, but also maximize your recovery.


In conclusion, understanding Louisiana’s regulations regarding police reports after an accident is crucial for navigating the aftermath. While mandatory for significant incidents, voluntarily filing a report for smaller crashes can offer added documentation and peace of mind. Always prioritize safety and compliance with the law when involved in a traffic incident in Louisiana.

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