When car accidents happen in New York, anything can happen – damages, injuries, or worse, death. You may find yourself panicking, and unsure what to do next. In cases of injury, a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident (MV-104) must be filed with the DMV before 10 days have passed. Fortunately, a lawyer experienced in handling motor vehicle accident cases can assist you.
An experienced New York car accident attorney can help you properly file form MV-104, by doing so on your behalf. The form itself can be complicated, and information you do include can potentially play a significant factor in determining how much compensation you’ll end up with. Your insurance adjuster should not be trusted to file the report, as insurance companies have no interest in helping you recover the amount of damages you deserve.
The second page of form MV-104 should be read prior to filling out the document, as it provides instructions for completing the first page:
The boxes found on the right side of page one, numbered 1-7 and 23-30 are also critical, as they are used to describe the accident and its cause. Codes for these boxes, along with what they mean, are found on page two. This section is of high priority for the insurance company, as they will review it when determining liability and evaluate the claim.
Having to match codes that correctly correspond with your accident can be complicated, and may have you questioning if you are doing it right. Having an experienced and knowledgeable car accident attorney help you, will alleviate your stress. They have the ability to fully explain each required box, and can advise you on the answers.
Not only is the MV-104 form required by law, it contains intricate details that can impact an insurance company’s decision when evaluating your claim. Completing these forms is especially vital when it comes to accidents that have resulted in a fatality, as a failure to file an accident report can be used against you in court and result in suspension or revocation of your license.
An MV-104 must be submitted to the DMV within 10 days after an accident that causes injuries, death, or property damage in excess of $1,000.
Our team at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo, P.C., has vast experience helping car accident victims file their MV-104 and obtain the compensation they deserve. Call us at (212) 732-9000 or reach us online to schedule your free case evaluation today.