Motor vehicle accidents happen all the time in the busy areas of New York. Though some of them may seem minor, it’s important to know the legal requirements around your obligations to report your accident to the appropriate authorities. Failing to do so can have serious legal consequences and impact your ability to legally drive your vehicle. A skilled Long Island car accident lawyer can help make sure you properly comply with all your obligations to avoid trouble.
The Law on Reporting New York Car Accidents
New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law require you to file an accident report within 10 days when you’re part of an accident where an individual suffers more than $1,000 in property damage. This includes your own vehicle. In these cases, all involved drivers must file a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident with the DMV, Form MV-104, within 10 days of the accident. Failing to comply with this requirement can lead to the suspension of your driver’s license.
New York drivers must take additional steps in certain situations, including:
- When there is only property damage from the accident, you are required to exchange driver’s license information, insurance information, and registration information with the other drivers.
- If there is damage to a parked vehicle or other property or the accident results in injury to a domestic animal, you must either notify the police or find the owner.
- If anyone is injured or killed in the accident, you are legally required to notify the police. The police and all drivers in the accident are required to file an accident report. If you leave the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death, you may also face criminal charges.
Contact a Long Island Attorney
Completing DMV forms and complying with your legal obligations can be confusing and overwhelming – especially in the 10 days following a motor vehicle accident. This is why it’s a good idea to speak with the experienced Long Island car accident attorneys at the Falkowitz Law Firm, PLLC to make you stay on the right side of the law. Contact us 24/7 at (844)-385-4279 or by completing our online Contact Page to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our knowledgeable attorneys are ready to help you complete reports, fill out forms, and answer your questions today.
Gary P. Falkowitz is the Managing Partner and Founding Attorney of the Falkowitz Law Firm PLLC‚ one of the premiere personal injury law firms in New York. Gary received his J.D., in 2005 from St. John’s University School of Law and served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.