Cockeysville, MD asked in Car Accidents for Maryland

Q: I run into a minor car accident this morning. The police came and I gave him my license, registration, and insurance.

He came back and handed me my stuff back but didn't give me any tickets or warnings. He only gave me an information exchange form. Does that mean I'm okay?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Maryland attorney familiar with traffic stop protocols could advise most meaningfully here, but your question remains open for a while. As a general matter in most jurisdictions, you would have likely received some sort of notice of any violation at the scene. In the information exchanged, check if there was any receipt for an accident report. Depending on the jurisdiction, and the level of injuries or property damage, officers could issue drivers a field receipt with a reference number, after which the driver goes to the precinct with the reference number and picks up an official report prepared by a traffic safety officer, and that contains all information, including citations. But this seems like a very minor incident where no report would have been issued. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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