The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) has offered the following safety tips to its licensees, in the event of a collision:
- Shift your vehicle into “park.”
- Check yourself and any passengers for injuries.
- If you cannot move your vehicle, or if medical assistance is needed, dial “911” and follow the operator’s instructions.
- If your vehicle is operable, and no one has suffered any injuries, you should move to a secure location (like the nearest shoulder, the median, or the rightmost lane of the road) before exiting to assess damage. Doing so will: Protect you from oncoming traffic, allow safer passage for other motorists, and provide easier access for emergency responders to reach you.
- Vehicle collisions resulting only in property damage are not required to be reported to police. All collisions must be reported immediately to the vehicle owner. You are only responsible for exchanging your driver’s license information, insurance, and vehicle registration with all other motorists. For insurance purposes, an accident report should be filed with the Department of Motor Vehicles. This form can be found at ny.gov/forms/mv104.pdf or at your local precinct or police service area.
- You are required to remain on the scene and contact the police immediately after a collision if any person is injured or killed, a domestic animal is injured or killed, or a parked vehicle, or any other property is damaged, and the owner cannot be located.
Source: NYC TLC