Minor collision in a Walmart car park. We both reversed at the same time and received scrapes to our cars. She was an elderly lady and called the police who told us they could not file an accident report because it was on private property. We exchange information and were given crash form to fill in and send to our insurance companies. This is my first accident after driving for 16 years. The damage to my car is very minor and as it is an older car does not bother me. Do I have to file a claim? What are the implications for a crash form?
A crash report is specific to Texas and offers if there's an accident in which $1,000 or more of damage occurred and a police officer was not there.
You do not have to file a claim. With that being said, most companies still require you to report all accidents, even if you choose to not file a claim. The other driver may contact your insurance company as well as her own, which is another reason to report the accident. There are a few things to consider before you file a claim. One thing to consider is the amount of damage. If you do not see the need to have your car repaired then you definitely do not want to file a claim. Accidents will stay on your record for three to five years, depending on who is at fault. Accidents will negatively impact your rates. Your insurance company will determine fault in the accident. Check out our article on when to consider not filing a claim and what you can expect from the claims process. Good luck and if you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.