Auto Crashes

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Auto Crashes

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In the event of a crash:

  • Stop your vehicle in a safe, well-lighted and public place.
    Off the roadway whenever possible and/out of the way of traffic, if possible.
  • Help any injured person(s) if necessary or requested.
  • Protect the person from traffic.
  • Cover the injured for comfort and to avoid shock.
  • Do not move the person unless absolutely necessary.
  • Do not attempt first aid unless you have training to do so.
  • Contact 911 immediately.
  • If available someone should warn other drivers of the crash.
  • Use flares if available.

Ask all person(s) involved in the crash for:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Phone Numbers
  • Driver’s License Number
  • License Plate Number
  • Insurance Information
  • Notify the nearest Police Department as quickly as possible.

Crash Reports:

In the State of Illinois a crash report is required when:

  • A crash involves death
  • Bodily injury
  • Property damage over $500, regardless of fault

To obtain a copy of your crash report:

Contact the Hoffman Estates Police Department Records Section at 847-781-2811 to purchase a copy of your crash report.

  • Provide the report number
  • Provide the date and location
  • A report will be provided within 5-7 business days
  • There is a $5.00 processing fee.

Crashes involving unattended vehicles:

  • Stop your vehicle in a safe area
  • Off the roadway whenever possible
  • And / Or out of the way of traffic

Leave the following information on the vehicle or property:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • License Plate Number

If you fail to leave the above information:

  •  You may be fine up to $2,500.
  • Given a jail sentence of up to one year. 

Leaving the Scene of a Crash:

A driver convicted of leaving the scene of a crash may be:

  • Fined up to $2,000
  • And given a jail sentence of up to one year

A driver fails to report a crash for over an hour after it occurred:

  • Subject to a fine up to $25,000
  • Subject to a jail sentence from one to three years

If the crash results in more than $1,000 in damage:

  • Your driver’s license will be SUSPENDED.

If the crash results in death or personal injury:

  • Your driver’s license will be REVOKED.