Newfoundland Police to Complete New Vehicle Collision Report Form
February 23, 2012
By Blair Pritchett, at McInnes Cooper
Effective January 1, 2012, the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Transportation and Works will require that Police Officers complete a new Vehicle Collision Report Form (VCR Form) when investigating a motor vehicle accident. The new form could offer a significant amount of information to parties involved in litigation arising from motor vehicle accidents. For example, the form offers the Investigating Officer 16 pre-diagrammed collision configurations to choose from. There are also fields which solicit information about driver distraction, pedestrian negligence, passenger positioning, and environmental conditions.
While the new VCR Form can offer tremendously helpful data about an accident, it is obviously dependent on the quality of input from the Police Officer collecting the information. Nevertheless, the possibility of obtaining such timely, unbiased information should lead all insurance professionals to collect the information as soon as possible.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary advises that requests for production of the VCR Form be sent to the following coordinates:
Driver Records Section
Motor Registration Division
P.O. Box 8710
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J5
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