Every state has its unique regulations regarding the reporting of car accidents. As a general guideline, it is advisable to inform the local police and await their arrival at the scene, enabling them to create an official accident report. However, in minor accidents, law enforcement might not respond, leaving the decision of whether to report the incident to your discretion.
In every state, a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) report is mandatory in the event of an accident involving injury or fatality. However, certain states waive the reporting requirement for accidents with only property damage costs below a certain amount. The timeframe for filing such reports also differs between states.
Use this resource from Pierce Skrabanek to learn the minimum reporting threshold for each state in the U.S., including the District of Columbia (D.C.) and Puerto Rico.
If you need legal assistance for a car, truck, or pedestrian accident, Pierce Skrabanek is headquartered in Houston and can help you with a free consultation for personal injury claims. Reach out to us online or by calling (832) 690-7000 to discuss your needs for representation.
The differences in car accident reporting between states primarily stem from the fact that traffic laws and regulations are primarily governed at the state level in the United States. Each state has its own legislative process and the authority to create its unique set of rules and requirements concerning various aspects of driving, including accident reporting.
Several factors contribute to these variations:
Due to these differences, it is essential for drivers to be aware of the specific reporting requirements in the state where they are driving to ensure compliance with the law and to promote road safety.
Protect Your Rights
While an accident that requires a police report is automatically filed with the DMV or your state’s government transportation office, all parties involved in other minor accidents should make their own independent reports. If the other driver files a report and claims you were at fault for the crash, you could be legally disadvantaged for not having reported your version of the events right away.
Contact car accident attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek at (832) 690-7000 for assistance in filing police reports, DMV reports, insurance claims, and civil demands or lawsuits against the other party. You may qualify for compensation if their negligence has cost you in money, time, or pain and suffering.
To file a non-injury, non-fatality accident report at the DMV, your crash must meet a minimum standard of significance. Here are the minimum reporting thresholds for each state, including the District of Columbia (D.C.) and Puerto Rico:
For specific legal advice and calculations related to your damaged property, lost wages, or medical bills, contact an experienced car accident attorney in your local area. Your lawyer can help you report your accident to all the appropriate entities, gather evidence, file a claim, negotiate with the insurance company, and pursue a civil lawsuit against any negligent parties for the cost of the accident as needed.
Pierce Skrabanek is located in Texas with an extensive record of car accident case results, including a $117 million recovery for a catastrophic injury to a twenty-one-year-old mother of two.
Contact Pierce Skrabanek in Houston at (832) 690-7000 to explore your compensation options after a car accident. Settlement negotiations handled by a lawyer average 300% higher than the sums negotiated by unrepresented individuals. Let us handle the paperwork while you get your life back on track.