How to File a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report
A driver involved in a motor vehicle accident is often left not only with injuries, car damages, and insurance forms, but a list of things that need to get done. Between doctor visits and trips to the mechanic it is hard for something not to be lost in the confusion.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report is one of those things that could be lost in the shuffle.
What is The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report?
The Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report must be filed by a driver of a "vehicle involved in a crash where the damage to any one vehicle or property is over $1000, or if there is an injury to any person, even if a police officer was on the scene." The report should be filed within five days of the accident. The report is sent to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, the local police department and the driver's own insurance company. You need not file a report if the crash occurred on a private road, driveway, private parking lot or other private way, however it is still prudent to do so.
Why is this report so important?
In the report the driver recollects what happened in the collision. There is a section to record information about all drivers, passengers, pedestrians and witnesses involved in the accident. The property damage and any injuries can also be described in the report.
However, the most significant aspect of the report is the section where the driver diagrams and describes how the accident happened. A driver will be held to the version of events as they record them in the report. If a mistake is made in the report it may later prove difficult to change and show the other driver was at fault for the accident. This may affect obtaining a favorable settlement. The report could be also be used in cross examination later in the case.
We recommend that before submitting the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Report you seek the advice and consultation of an experienced Boston auto accident attorney.