QCOSTARICA – Drivers who have their vehicles insured and involved in a minor collision, can now reach a settlement for damages, without having to calling the traffic police to the scene.
This is possible thanks to the signing on Tuesday of an executive order by President Luis Guillermo Solis and the Minister of Transport, Carlos Segnini.
Sebastian Urbina, deputy minister of Transport, said the traffic law already permits such resolutions among drivers. However, some insurers do not allow their customers to move the vehicles without a police report, to prevent fraud.
However, with the publication of the decree, insurers will be required to allow conciliation without the presence of a traffic official.
Urbina was emphatic that the rule only applies to collisions where there is only material damage; if people are injured, a traffic official is required at the scene.
Insured drivers involved in minor collisions will be required to fill out a form called the Declaratoria de Accidente Menor (DAM), to be supplied by the insurance companies, where all personal information and details of the collision … continue reading