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Reading Your New Hampshire Car Accident Report

Our attorneys can help you understand your report

Getting into a car accident in New Hampshire can be terrifying and traumatic. Physically, you could sustain injuries that force you to miss time from work, your family and your day-to-day life. The result - lost wages, pain and suffering, reduced quality of life. In addition, the paperwork victims must file and decipher can seem overwhelming.

If you were in an accident, you will likely need to fill out an official State of New Hampshire Motor Vehicle Accident Report. Any auto accident that results in combined vehicle and property damage exceeding $1,000 must be reported in writing to the DMV within 15 days of occurrence. If the police responded to the scene, they will likely take care of this for you.

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Fortunately, you're not alone. Our attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. can help you fill out this important document. We have years of experience filling out such forms and know exactly what information you need to include and what words you should use.

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Your official, two-page accident report is just the beginning of your post-accident process. In addition, you will likely need to fill out various forms from your insurance company. We can help you do that and guide you every step of the way - from dealing with insurance companies to perhaps even filing a lawsuit on your behalf. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We can explain all the legal options available to you. We're here to help you regain your quality of life and the compensation you deserve after your accident.

Understanding Your New Hampshire Motor Vehicle Accident Report

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New Hampshire Accident Report pg. 1

Section A
Every detail matters. The date, time, day of week and exact location plus number of vehicles involved and reported police presence all matter. It is important to be precise here, especially when moving to the next lines which detail the exact location of the accident. Any error could jeopardize the success of your accident claim.

Section B

The type of accident must be filled in here, as well as the traffic, road design, conditions and weather. You have a choice of many different types of accidents, which you will need to fill in for Box 1 in Section B. Box 2 in Section B is for where your accident took place.

Section C

Here, injuries are recorded, as are the names, addresses, ages and genders of each passenger or witness to your accident. You should carefully fill out this section. Insurance companies read this section very carefully when determining how much to compensate injury victims, especially based on what answers are provided in Box 11 in Section C.

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New Hampshire Accident Report pg. 2

Section D

Detailed information about both vehicles (or a bicycle/pedestrian involved) must be recorded here. Information about both drivers and their vehicles is collected, from birth date to the vehicle's V.I.N. number. A description of the damage to the vehicle should also be included here. Your description should be detailed. The same is true for the "estimated cost to repair." Insurance companies often dispute such figures and try to offer less. We can help you fight back.

Section E

This section is where you will fill in information about your insurance company, policy number and record the property damage sustained in the accident. This section might seem straightforward. But insurance companies often try to challenge the lines concerning "estimated property damage (other than vehicle)" and "identify damaged property other than vehicle(s)." We can help you fill out this section so there's no debates later. And if there are, we can go to bat for you against the insurance companies.

Section F

These boxes are for a diagram of your accident. There are also two boxes - 20 and 21 - reserved for "pre-accident action." Here again, the information you include in your diagram and Boxes 20 and 21 could significantly affect the outcome of your case. Insurance companies will likely try to use such information to reduce or perhaps even deny your claim altogether. We can make sure Section F is filled out accurately on your accident report and defend your answers against any challenges from insurance companies. We've been doing this work for decades. We know what works and how to achieve favorable results.

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