If I was at fault for an accident that was my fault and I send in a report that does not match up with the other party’s report, what will happen?

I do not remember the incident. The front drive side of my car is pretty banged. I believe I swerved into a parked vehicle, however I’m not sure. The other party’s report says that I rear-ended them.

Asked on July 17, 2015 under Accident Law, Massachusetts


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A failure to match up reports by itself does not mean anything--in fact, it's fairly common for the two parties in a two-car accident to have different views of what happened.

If you are found to be at fault in the accident and the other driver (or his/her insurer) sues you and wins (which they would likely do, if you were at fault), you would have to pay for the cost to repair his/her car (or its current blue book/fair market value if it has to be totaled), his or her other out-of-pocket costs (like towing; renting a car; etc.); his or her medical costs, if any; pain and suffering if he or she suffered a sigificant injury; and his/her lost wages, if any.

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