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Police Officers May No Longer Come To The Scene Of Minor Fender-Benders

In many cities and states, it is required that the police be contacted for even a minor fender bender. Getting the accident report from the police or the DMV can be imperative to your personal injury case. In New York, there are two ways to request the report: by mail or online. The person who filed the accident report can affect how long it takes for the report to become available. If the police filed the report electronically, the report should be available in 14 days. If the police filed a paper report, it can take up to 30 days from the date of the accident. If the motorist filed the report, it should be available within 60 days. 

The New York Daily News reports that a proposed policy would mean that the NYPD would not go to the scene of a minor car accident. 

A memo that was distributed by NYPD brass on Monday states that officers will no longer respond to 911 calls of accidents involving only property damage. 

If a driver involved in a minor crash calls 911, they will be directed to a prerecorded message. The message will instruct the motorist that the police will not respond and the motorist will be instructed on how to file their own accident report and send the information to the DMV. 

Police will still respond to the scenes of accidents that are disputed, accidents that involve a deer, domestic animal, or large vehicles like a bus. They will also respond to crashes that involve injury or death. 

An NYPD spokesperson stated that the memo is not yet official department policy.

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