Understanding Automobile Operator’s Reports in Massachusetts: A Comprehensive Guide


In Massachusetts, automobile operator’s reports play a vital role in documenting crashes as well as ensuring that all parties involved fulfill their legal obligations. Whether you’ve been involved in a minor fender bender or a more serious collision, understanding the law regarding operator’s reports and how to complete them is essential. In this guide, we’ll delve into the specifics of Massachusetts traffic law concerning operator’s reports and provide a step-by-step explanation of how to complete them, along with a sample report for reference.

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What is an Automobile Operator’s Report?

An automobile operator’s report, commonly known as a crash report, is a document used to report motor vehicle crashes to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). This report is required by law when certain criteria are met, including:

  • Any crash involving injury or death to any person.
  • Any crash resulting in property damage exceeding $1,000.

Legal Obligations:

Under Massachusetts law, you are required to:

  1. Stop at the Scene: Immediately stop your vehicle at the scene of the crash, regardless of the extent of the damage or injuries.
  2. Provide Assistance: If anyone is injured in the accident, you are legally obligated to provide reasonable assistance, including calling for medical help if necessary.
  3. Exchange Information: Exchange information with the other parties involved in the accident, including names, addresses, driver’s license numbers, vehicle registration numbers, and insurance information.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle crash that involves an injury or death, or the damages reasonably exceed $1,000, you must:

File an Operator’s Report: Complete and file an automobile operator’s report with the RMV within five days of the crash.

How to Complete an Automobile Operator’s Report:

Completing an operator’s report accurately is crucial to ensure that all relevant information is documented. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to complete the form:

  1. Download the Form: Obtain the Massachusetts Operator’s Report form (Form CRASH) from the RMV website or your local police department.
  2. Provide Basic Information: Fill in your personal information, including your name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number.
  3. Describe the Crash: Provide a detailed description of how the accident occurred, including the date, time, and location. Describe any contributing factors, such as weather conditions or road hazards.
  4. Document Injuries and Damage: Indicate whether there were any injuries or fatalities resulting from the accident. Describe the extent of property damage to vehicles or other property involved.
  5. Include Witness Information: If there were any witnesses to the accident, include their names, addresses, and phone numbers.
  6. Sign and Date the Form: Sign and date the completed form to certify that the information provided is accurate to the best of your knowledge.

Understanding the law regarding automobile operator’s reports in Massachusetts is essential for all drivers. By knowing your legal obligations and how to complete the required forms accurately, you can ensure compliance with state regulations and help facilitate the resolution of motor vehicle crashes in a timely manner.