GET THE OTHER DRIVER’S INFORMATION AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT – INJURY ATTORNEYS MN
Drivers involved in a car crash bear certain legal responsibilities under Minnesota law. This includes the requirement to provide identifying information, such as name, address, date of birth, and the vehicle’s license plate number. See Minnesota Statute 169.09(3). In addition, at the request of any person involved in the collision or the investigating officer, the driver must give the name and address of the vehicle’s insurer and the insurance agent. Id.
But a driver’s duties beyond these notice provisions vary depending upon the type of collision. If bodily injury or death results or an occupied vehicle is struck, the driver must stop and remain on the scene. In addition, if the driver hits an unoccupied vehicle, he must locate the owner, report the accident to a police officer, or leave a note with identifying information. The failure to abide by these duties may result in serious civil and criminal penalties. See Minnesota Statute §169.09(14).
The police must be called whenever there is any auto accident injury, and they are required to prepare a report. See Minnesota Statute Section 169.09(8). The report must be provided upon request to any party involved in the accident or their representatives. The charge for the report is $5.
TRY TO GET A PICTURE OF THE OTHER CAR’S LICENSE PLATE IF THEY FLEE
Even if the car accident results in minor damage, it is very important that you exchange information with the other driver. If the other driver refuses or drives away, try to at least get their license plate number to report to the police. You may be able to get a picture if you move quickly. However, obviously don’t do anything that puts yourself in danger. The most common reason the other driver will flee the scene is if they were driving intoxicated or driving with a revoked license. If the other driver refuses to provide information, the police should find them and impose the appropriate penalties.
If the other car runs, you may be entitled to uninsured motorist coverage from your own auto insurance if you were injured. However, before you will qualify for that, you will have had to make a good faith attempt to obtain the information from the other driver. Your insurance company will want the opportunity to go after them. Our car accident lawyers have represented many people where the other vehicle was uninsured or the driver fled the scene. We handle cases throughout Minnesota, and our lawyers will come to you. Call us for a free consultation.