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A person should first ensure that no one is injured. If anyone is injured as a result of the crash dial 911 immediately. You should also be aware of any potential dangers as a result of the crash, such as vehicles catching on fire, flying debris, hazardous materials, possibility of more crashes due to position of disabled vehicles, etc. If any of these or similar dangers are present, dial 911 immediately. If no one is injured, a person should make contact with the local, county, or state law enforcement agency using emergency or non-emergency telephone numbers. All parties (drivers) should exchange information: driverís license numbers, vehicle license numbers, names, addresses, and phone numbers of all persons involved, and the insurance company name and policy number of each driver. The involved persons should also write down the time and location where the traffic cash occurred.
A traffic crash report will be taken when the following reporting criteria is met:
A reportable traffic crash must be reported immediately by the quickest means of communication to a state police officer, or to the nearest state police field office, or to the sheriffís office, or to a deputy sheriff, within the county in which the crash occurred, or to the office of the police department, or to an officer, of the municipality in which the crash occurred. The crash must be reported by:
A person commits a Class E crime if that person:
The Secretary of State may suspend or revoke the motor vehicle driverís license and certificate of registration of a person who is required to make a report and fails to do so.
A report must be made to the police agency within the jurisdiction that the crash occurred. This may be a municipal police department, a county sheriffs department, or the state police. When making the report you must be able to produce your license information, registration information, insurance information, and the date, time, and location of the crash. You must also be able to produce the name and dates of birth of all passengers in your vehicle.
Crash reports may be purchased for a fee of $10.00. This is a non-refundable administrative fee charged to cover the cost of the records search, and will not be refunded even if it is determined that no report exists. (Report must be complete before ordering online)
Reports are available online at HYPERLINK "http://www.informe.org/mcrs/" http://www.informe.org/mcrs/, or through the traffic division office at 36 Hospital Street in Augusta.
Some useful information to have when ordering a crash report is:
Title 29-A ß 2074 Speeding
Traveling in excess of the posted speed limit, or driving at any speed that is unsafe, based on the conditions present (rain, fog, snow and other conditions that may dictate that even the posted speed limit is not safe.
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