30 October, 2023
New York is a heavily congested state when it comes to traffic. This is even more true in New York City, especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours. How to report a car accident in New York varies depending on a few different factors, all of which will be discussed in this blog from the experienced New York car accident lawyers at The Barnes Firm.
The first circumstance you must consider after a car accident is whether or not someone was injured. According to New York State law, even if the injury was minor, the accident must be reported. The injury can be to yourself, a passenger in your vehicle, a pedestrian, a bicyclist, a passenger in another vehicle, another driver, or anyone else involved in the crash. If someone was injured you must call the police to inform them of the accident. It is illegal for anyone involved in a motor vehicle crash to leave the scene.
If there were no injuries in the crash, but the value of the property damage was $1,000 or more, you are required to report the accident. If the property damage was less than $1,000, and no one was injured, you do not have to report the crash.
It is quite simple to report a crash in New York. Reporting is done by completing and filing MV-1044 form with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have questions about filing this form, or other aspects of the crash, you should speak with an experienced New York car accident lawyer at The Barnes Firm. The report to the DMV must be filed within 10 days of the accident. Failure to do so can result in a misdemeanor charge, fines, and suspension of your driver’s license.
The information required on the MV-1044 form after an accident includes the following:
It is important to note that filing this report does not assign fault to the crash. The report will become part of the driving record of all those named in it. If the report was filed electronically, it can be accessed online within two weeks. If not, it can take close to one month to obtain the report.
Were you or a loved one injured in a car accident? It is imperative that you report the accident so that the proper claim can be filed for compensation. Call our team of experienced New York car accident attorneys at The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 for a free consultation.
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