What to Do After a Car Crash in Maine
Car accidents can happen to the most experienced and careful drivers. If this happens to you, try to stay focused and follow the next steps. In case of an auto accident resulting in injury, death, or property damage estimated at more than $1000, you will have to report to either state or local police in Maine.
Before anything, you should check if everyone involved (including you and the passengers) is safe and sound. Next, try to get your vehicle off the road and help the other party. Again, check all parties for injuries and call 911 immediately if anyone is hurt.
The next thing to do is to photograph the crash to the best of your ability. Also, you are legally required to exchange insurance information with any other drivers involved. You are not allowed to leave the scene until you’ve given your information to the other parties involved.
Even after you leave the scene, you’ll have to inform the following parties of the accident:
• The Local police (if they are not already at the scene)
• The Local DMV in your area
• Your current insurance company provider (you will need to call the claims number that has been provided to you)
When Should I Report my Accident to the Police?
As a rule of thumb, you should report an accident to law enforcement as soon as possible. If the police were already on-site, you don’t need to file a report.
When/Why to Report the accident to the DMV
While no laws in Maine require you to report to the DMV, the information on your accident will be accessible to them via the Maine State Police Crash Database. You can access the records for a small processing fee if you need the reports for a future personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim.
If you decide to open a personal injury lawsuit, you should contact a professional, and here’s where we, at Legal Chiefs, come in. Get in touch with us and we’ll connect you with an experienced attorney for your particular case.