Massachusetts Surcharge Appeal
How did your winter go?
Were you found “at-fault” in a Massachusetts auto accident?
Were you involved in a weather related, slip and slide accident?
Have you received the surcharge notice? If so, this means your insurance company determined you are more than 50% at-fault in the accident and more than $500 was paid out in damages.
If you believe you are not more than 50% at-fault in the accident, then you should appeal the surcharge.
You should submit the written appeal (& non-refundabe $50) to the MA Board of Appeal within 30 days of receiving the surcharge notice.
When determining fault in an accident, unlike the insurance companies, the Massachusetts Board of Appeals takes into consideration contributing factors. Such as: road condition (icy, wet, snow-covered), visibility, other vehicle erratic driving, etc.
The MA Board of Appeal tells us it is presently taking about 9 months before you will receive your hearing date.
Once you have received your hearing date you can: appear in person, submit a written statement, or select someone to appear on your behalf.
Appeal hearings are scheduled in: Boston, Brockton, Peabody, Plymouth, Somerville, Springfield, Waltham, or Worcester.