Print out this checklist TODAY in case you get doored TOMORROW!
From Transportation Alternatives Magazine, Jan/Feb 1998
At the Scene ASAP
- Tell the motorist to stay at the scene until police arrive to take an accident report.
- Call (or ask someone to call) 911 and ask for the police and EMS (emergency medical services)
- Get name and phone of witness(es) the more the better. A business card is great. If someone seems friendly, ask for their help; people are often willing to help.
- Get name, phone, address, and date of birth of motorist. (They should be waiting with you for cops.) Note: Dont panic if you do not get all the information. Many times it is retrievable later.
- If motorist refuses to stay or provide ID, get his or her license plate number and state of issue.
When the Police Arrive
- Request that the police take an accident report (they are required to do so.)
- Get reporting officers name and badge number, and precinct or command (very important).
- If you have been doored, ask officer to summons motorist for dooring. Tell officer it is a violation of NYC Traffic Rules: para. 4-12 C and State VTL Art. 33 Para. 1214. (Important for later legal action.)
- If you are hurt, go with EMS to a hospital. Do not hesitate. Also, a doctors report of your injury is important for legal action.
After the Crash:
- Request an abstract of the drivers record from the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There is a fee of $5 to $10 and youll need the drivers full name and date of birth. Call 518-474-0841. The abstract should have details of the drivers history of accidents, summonses, convictions, and license suspensions for the last four years.
- Put the crash in the drivers record: File an MV 104 with the NYS DMV. Fill out this form, available at DMV offices, noting injury and property damage.
- Photograph your wounds/injuries if appropriate. Use a decent camera in good light.
- Call a lawyer. Decide now whom you will call and write it here.
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