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Minnesota Car Accident Report Basics

If you live in certain parts of Minnesota, such as Minneapolis, you know how bad traffic can be on a busy morning. No matter where in the state you’re traveling, there’s a chance you’ll be in a motor vehicle accident.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of Minnesota’s car accident reporting laws. If you don’t report your car crash, you may face fines, jail time, and a suspension of your driver’s license. 

Here, we’ll explain what the crash reporting requirements are in Minnesota. We’ll also discuss how you can report your auto accident. Finally, we’ll explain why it’s crucial that you contact the police immediately after your collision.

If you still have questions about your traffic accident, contact an experienced Minnesota car accident lawyer. 

You No Longer Need to File an Accident Report in Minnesota 

Most states require their motorists to report motor vehicle accidents. This used to be the case in Minnesota. However, as of 2021, you no longer need to file a Minnesota Motor Vehicle Accident Report, crash report, or state accident report in Minnesota. 

The legislature repealed Minnesota statute section 169.09, subd. 7, on July 1, 2021. Under the current laws, the police officer who investigates the crash must prepare an incident report. 

Once law enforcement completes its police report, you can request a copy. Your personal injury lawyer will need a copy of this report to prove your case.

Note: State laws are subject to change through new legislation, higher court rulings, ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information, seek legal advice or conduct legal research to verify your state laws.

Steps To Take After Your Minnesota Car Accident

Ideally, when you file your accident claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance policy, the adjuster will pay your claim. However, this isn’t always the case. If the insurance adjuster denies your claim, you may have to file a personal injury lawsuit.

You must take specific steps to preserve evidence related to your crash. Your attorney will need this evidence to prove the other driver was negligent. This is especially true if you suffer permanent injuries such as disfigurement, spinal cord injuries, or a traumatic brain injury.

The best way to preserve your case is to take the following steps immediately after your car crash:

  • Stop your vehicle and move your car out of the traffic lane.
  • Remain at the traffic crash scene. If you leave, the state may charge you with a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the extent of any personal injuries or fatalities.
  • Check if anybody has a severe bodily injury and needs medical care. 
  • Call 911 or law enforcement (the Minnesota State Patrol or, if you're in town, the local police department). The officer will do a thorough investigation and prepare a police report. This serves as a crash report that your attorney can use later if you file a legal claim.
  • Collect contact information (including the driver's license number and the vehicle's license plate number) and auto insurance information from the other driver(s).
  • Take pictures of the scene (including any speed limit signs) and get the contact information of any witnesses.
  • Take pictures or a video of the vehicles, especially if there is property damage.
  • Call your insurance claims agent and notify them of a possible car accident claim.
  • Go to the hospital, regardless of how minor your injuries are.
  • Do not speak about the accident to anyone other than the police, medical professionals, your car accident lawyer, and your own insurance company.
  • Do not sign anything. The insurance company may try to get you to sign a settlement release. Never do this without first talking to a skilled Minnesota car accident lawyer.

If you don’t follow these steps, it will be difficult to collect compensation for your injuries. Your car accident attorney will need sufficient evidence to prove your case.

Get Legal Help With Your Minnesota Car Accident Report Questions

If you've suffered a personal injury after a car accident, consult an experienced Minnesota car accident attorney. They can answer your questions about crash reporting requirements and help pursue a legal claim.

Most personal injury attorneys provide a free consultation. Don’t wait too long to contact an attorney. If you don’t file your claim before the two-year statute of limitations period expires, you’ll lose your chance to pursue a claim against the other driver.

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