The thought of dealing with what comes after a car, motorcycle or truck crash could make you worry. One part of protecting yourself after an accident includes correctly filling out a crash report form and submitting it.
Knowing the steps you should take when writing this form can help this task feel more manageable.
Notice the amount of damage
According to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, there are several situations where you need to contact the police department. Knowing the amount of property damage to your personal items and other places is part of this form.
In Massachusetts, this total has to be $1,000 or more for you to need to file this report. You should also fill this form out if someone dies as a result of the crash or if an injury occurred.
Document the details
Leaving the scene of the accident without talking to anyone or getting personal information can lead to further trouble. Taking pictures of the damage may help you since you may forget what exactly happened when dealing with a surge of adrenaline after the accident.
Find and send the form
After downloading and filling out the operator report found online, you typically mail it to three separate places. You should send one copy to your insurance company as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The final report should go to either the local or state police department, depending on the details of the incident.
Properly reporting a motor vehicle crash can help you during this challenging time, including knowing where to mail it and what information to include.