Montana Car Accident Reporting Basics
The aftermath of a car accident can be hectic and confusing. In the moments following an accident, and in the days and weeks that follow, it can be difficult to understand your legal obligations as a motorist. For example, in some circumstances you have a legal obligation to report the accident to the police or the department of motor vehicles. Read on to learn more about how to file a car crash report in Montana.
Understanding When to File an Accident Report
Each state has laws in place dictating when motorists are required to report car accidents. Montana law distinguishes between your obligation to immediately report the accident to the police (for example, via cell phone) and to submit a written report to the department of motor vehicles. In certain circumstances, you may be obligated to do both.
There is good incentive to be accurate and prompt in making in any report following a car accident. The department of motor vehicles can suspend your driver's license until a required report has been filed. Montana law imposes a penalty of up to $500 and 6 months' imprisonment for knowingly providing false information in a car accident report.
The below chart provides more information about filing a car accident report in Montana.
|Montana Uniform Accident Reporting Act Sections 61-7-108, 61-7-109, and 61-7-110|
When to Report
A driver must report a crash if the accident results in:
Unless the accident was investigated and reported by law enforcement, the driver must also file a written report with the Montana Motor Vehicle Division within 10 days if the accident:
How to Report
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
- Montana Department of Justice: Highway Patrol
- After a Car Accident: First Steps
- How Long Do you Have to Report a Car Accident?
- Car Accident Resources
- Tips for Reporting an Accident to Police
Problems With Your Car Accident Claim? A Montana Attorney Can Help
Car accidents can cause devastation in your life; but while you can't go back and erase what happened, you can get compensation for your losses if someone else is liable. Consider seeking professional help with your accident claim. Get started today by contacting a Montana injury attorney near you.
You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
Next Steps: Search for a Local Attorney
Contact a qualified attorney.