Immediately following a motor vehicle collision, there are many steps to take. Among them is obtaining any medical treatment you might need, filing an accident report, and exchanging insurance information with the liable party.
However, if you’ve never been in a car accident in Boston, you may not know how to go about reporting the accident or obtaining a copy of the accident report. With this in mind, we have reviewed this information below so you can better prepare for what to expect shortly after a car crash.
As soon as you’ve been involved in a car accident, your first call should be to the Boston Police Department by dialing 911. An on-duty police officer and ambulance will come to the scene of the collision and take care of any medical treatment you might need as well as getting the details of how the accident occurred. The Boston PD will then file an accident report.
You will also need to report your car accident accident through the Motor Vehicle Crash Operator Form if anyone involved in the accident was seriously injured or killed, or in cases where the property damage exceeds $1,000. This report needs to be filed with the registrar within five days of the accident.
Having a copy of your car accident report is important because this document will include information about how the accident occurred, when it happened, who was involved, and the insurance information of all involved parties. You can request a copy of your car accident report in person, through the mail, or online.
If you want to obtain a copy of your car accident report online, visit the MA Registry of Motor Vehicles website and pay a $20 fee. To obtain a copy through the mail, pay a $5 fee via check and send your request to the Boston Police Department Headquarters as follows:
Attention: Police Reports
Boston Police Headquarters
1 Schroeder Plaza
Finally, you can always go in-person to the Boston Police Headquarters to secure a copy of your accident report.
The minutes, hours, and days following a motor vehicle wreck can be quite a confusing time. Understanding the steps you need to take, such as how to secure your car accident report, can have a positive impact on the outcome of your civil claim against the person or persons who are to blame.
For help getting the most out of your lawsuit, reach out to a Boston car accident lawyer at Joel H. Schwartz, PC. You can take advantage of the free claim review we provide to injury victims throughout Boston and its surrounding cities by giving our office a call at 1-800-660-2270 or by submitting the quick contact form included below.