LAS VEGAS — The new, and by most accounts not improved, Las Vegas police accident report policy change has created a lot of confusion.
When we first reported the change the took effect on March 3, the LVMPD website stated that they would no longer respond to automobile accidents that did not result in injury to any person and said that a police report had to be filed within 10 days of the accident.
Since that time, the LVMPD has again changed the verbiage on their website.
The new information states that those involved in a minor accident must file an SR1 form with the DMV.
According to the LVMPD website, they will respond to accidents that include the following criteria;
While many people can understand the need to reduce costs, most believe that not answering accident calls is a bad idea – especially in light of the number of fatal accidents that occur in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas police accident report policy change has created confusion for motorists as well as insurance companies and there is a concern that the rates for car insurance in Nevada will increase.
Las Vegas World News reached out to Geico Insurance to ask them if the Las Vegas police accident report policy change will affect car insurance rates and they said that it depends on many factors and that, at this time, they did not anticipate any increases.
They said that the safety of their customers is the most important factor and suggest that in addition to following the new rules for reporting accidents that motorists should,
Geico said that after their customers follow the above guidelines they should contact Geico who will assist them.
Motorists are advised to check with their auto insurance carrier for any updated reporting requirements.
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