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  • Vitaliy Usten, Esq.

NYPD Doesn't Have to come to the Scene of a Car Accident in NYC

In New York City, the police are required to respond to and investigate any motor vehicle accident that involves personal injury, death, or property damage in excess of $1,000. If the accident meets these criteria, the police are required to complete a police report, which can be used for insurance purposes and to determine fault in the accident.

However, if the accident does not involve personal injury, death, or significant property damage, the police are not required to respond to the scene. In these cases, it is still a good idea to exchange information with the other driver and report the accident to the police, as it can still be useful for insurance purposes.

It is important to note that even if the police do not respond to the scene of a minor accident, it is still the responsibility of the drivers involved to report the accident to the police. Under New York State law, any driver involved in an accident that causes personal injury, death, or property damage in excess of $1,000 must report the accident to the police as soon as possible, regardless of whether the police responded to the scene.

In conclusion, the police are required to respond to and investigate motor vehicle accidents in New York City that involve personal injury, death, or significant property damage. However, they are not required to respond to minor accidents, although it is still the responsibility of the drivers involved to report the accident to the police.

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