Pawtucket RI Personal Injury Lawyer: Accident Reports Update

October 3rd, 2013

Car Accident Attorney Explains Recent Changes in DMV Requirements for Rhode Island Residents

For many years, the State of Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles  had required RI car accident victims to file a detailed accident report.  Effective immediately, RI DMV has “changed its policy and no longer requires” motorists to file the Motor Vehicle Accident Report.

Rhode Island Car Tag

The DMV issued this posting on its site about these RI crash accident forms:

DMV has changed its policy and no longer requires motorists to file the form entitled the Motor Vehicle Accident Report (more commonly referred to as the State Crash Report). Now when a person is involved in a crash where there is bodily injury or damage in excess of $1,000 they will only be required to file a Uniform Crash Report, also known as the “Police Report”. This report is generated by state and local law enforcement officials, usually at the scene of the crash, and will not be accepted by DMV in lieu of the State Report. The crash report is automatically sent to the RI Department of Transportation (DOT) where crash statistics are tabulated. DMV receives the crash information from DOT every day, eliminating an additional step for motorists.

Please note that, in circumstances stated above, motorists will need to ensure that a Uniform Crash Report (Police Report) is filed.  Our Rhode Island personal injury lawyers always advise that following a car accident, consumers call the police to document the collision and to comply with this policy change.    For more tips on what to do after a car accident, visit our page, What to Do After a Car Accident.