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Old 07-04-2018, 03:45 AM   #1
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Default Is it legal to not report the car accident?

Is it legal in NY that after a car accident, both parties agree to not call the police or the insurers, and to pay the car damages each by himself?

I would guess each car had about 800 to 1000 dollars in damages.
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Old 07-04-2018, 07:09 AM   #2
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If the parties have no complaints they can settle the matter in there on means without filing a complaint there by saving time.
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Old 07-04-2018, 12:06 PM   #3
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Check NY law too. I don't know NY but see below, noted in another post.

Filing a police report right away is ideal, but you may be able to file a report later on if you didn't contact 911 immediately after the accident. While the law varies from state to state, many police departments allow reports to be filed up to 72 hours following an accident. But if both cars have left the scene, the information won't be as accurate. Some states require you to report an accident, and you could be cited if you didn't. For instance, in Oregon, if damage to the vehicle you were driving is more than $2,500, you need to file a report. In Ohio, as long as nobody was hurt, you don't have to call the police. Unless you know your state laws well, it's best to call and file a report.
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ahhh...see below from the NY DMV

If the property damage of any person is $1,001 or more, all the involved drivers are required by the NY State Vehicle and Traffic Law to file a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident (pdf) (MV-104). ... The DMV can suspend your driver license if you fail to report an accident.
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Old 07-04-2018, 05:35 PM   #5
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I would guess each car had about 800 to 1000 dollars in damages.
And neither of you are collision damage repair experts so when the estimates start coming in at $1500 to $3000 and the arguments start about who is at fault, one or both of you will be in a world of hurt.
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It varies by state but in NY you best report it.
My sister in law was fined even though she said all along only 500 dollars in damage occurred. The state said it was more but had no real proof it seemed.
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It varies by state but in NY you best report it.
My sister in law was fined even though she said all along only 500 dollars in damage occurred. The state said it was more but had no real proof it seemed.
You're almost three months late to the party so your comment is pretty much a waste of bandwidth.
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It varies by state but in NY you best report it.
My sister in law was fined even though she said all along only 500 dollars in damage occurred. The state said it was more but had no real proof it seemed.
Agreed. It's stricter then you think in NY on that issue.
Basically you need to report ANY accident.
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MOST states require you to report accidents even when it comes to minor fender benders.
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MOST states require you to report accidents even when it comes to minor fender benders.
Really? How many is "most"?
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