Traffic Crashes

If you are involved in a traffic crash, you must:

Stop at the scene of the crash or as close to the scene as possible without blocking traffic. You may move the vehicles before the police arrive if the vehicles create a traffic hazard.

Give any help you can if someone is injured. Do not attempt to move an injured person from a wrecked vehicle unless you have the necessary medical training or there is an immediate danger such as fire.

Report the crash to the police as quickly as possible. Motor vehicle crashes involving property damage, personal injury or death must be reported to the police.

Exchange information with other people involved in the crash as soon as possible. Be sure to get the following information:

  • name, address and driver’s license number of other drivers
  • license plate numbers of other vehicles
  • name and address of anyone who was injured
  • name and address of each witness
  • name, address and insurance policy number of other vehicle owners
  • notify your insurance company immediately

Law enforcement officers are required to forward a written crash report to DMV when a traffic crash results in injury or the death of any person or total property damage is in excess of $1,500. All crash information will be recorded on the DMV records of each driver involved in the crash. You must make a reasonable effort to find the owner of an unattended vehicle or other property damaged in a crash. If you cannot locate anyone, leave a note that can be found easily at the scene of the crash. Include your name, telephone number, the date and time of the crash, and a description of the damage. You must also report the crash to the police within 24 hours.

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