Car accidents often happen without warning and can leave victims reeling physically and psychologically. If you are in one in Alaska, it’s important to know the criteria for reporting it.
When are you required to report a car accident?
If you are involved in a car accident, you must immediately pull over and remain at the scene. Even if the damage is seemingly minor and you don’t believe you are at fault for the collision, if you leave, you could later be charged with a hit-and-run, which is a crime.
Some types of accidents must be reported. Those that involve significant property damage that appears to be at least $2,000 and any accidents resulting in injuries or death to any person are required by law to be reported. It doesn’t matter if a driver, passenger, bicyclist, pedestrian or anyone else is a victim. Regardless of who suffers injuries as a result of a car accident, it must be reported.
How is an accident reported?
After a car accident that meets any of the requirements to be reported, you should immediately call 911 to get police officers to the scene. Once an officer arrives, you can speak with them and give them the details of the accident. The officer will make an accident report.
However, if police do not arrive at the accident scene, it’s up to you to report it at your local police department. If the accident is not investigated by police, you should file a written report that includes details. You can obtain an official accident report form from your local police department, the Alaska Department of Public Safety or the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles.