The repercussions of a car accident that happens in just a moment can go on for weeks or even months. Pennsylvania is a “no-fault” insurance state, but that doesn’t mean that all you have to worry about is your own auto insurance company. You may find yourself dealing with anyone from your own insurance company to the police or even attorneys representing other people involved in the accident.
The best way to protect yourself in case of a car accident is to file an accident report and contact an experienced Pennsylvania car accident lawyer to advise you on your next steps. In fact, filing a report is not just a good idea, in Pennsylvania, it’s required by law.
Under Pennsylvania Statutes Title 75, § 3746 and § 3747, anyone involved in a car accident must immediately notify police about the accident and in cases where the accident is not investigated by the police, motorists must file a report with the Department of Transportation (DOT) themselves.
When To File A Pennsylvania Car Accident Report
Under Title 75 § 3746 of Pennsylvania statutes, anyone involved in an auto accident and able to do so must immediately notify police if the accident caused injury or death to any person or caused damage to any vehicle such that it can not be driven.
In this type of case, the police will usually file the required accident reports. Individuals involved in the accident may also be asked to file supplemental reports by the DOT if the Department feels they may have other relevant information that was not included in the police report.
According to Title 75 § 3747, motorists involved in a car accident must file a report with the DOT themselves when:
- The accident was not investigated by the police.
- The accident caused injury, death, or severe damage to any vehicle.
In this case, the report must be filed within five days of the accident. Failure to file the report could result in the suspension of driving privileges.
How To File An Accident Report In Pennsylvania
Filing an accident report with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is not as complicated as you may think. It is done using a standard form that outlines everything you’ll need to include. To get started, you’ll need to download a copy of the DOT’s official accident report form AA-600 and be ready to fill in the information listed below.
- Accident location – the name of the city or town where the accident occurred along with the street name(s) or highway number
- Involved persons – names of everyone involved in the accident including uninjured passengers
- Involved vehicles – license number and insurance information for all vehicles involved in the accident
- Accident diagram – showing how involved vehicles were moving and where they collided
- Narrative – describe, as best you can, actions of the people and vehicles involved before, during, and after the collision along with any relevant weather or road conditions that may have contributed to the crash
The completed form should then be mailed to the DOT at:
Bureau Of Highway Safety And Traffic Engineering
P.O. Box 2047
HARRISBURG, PA 17105-2047
Protect Your Rights After A Car Accident In Pennsylvania
If you’ve been involved in any type of car accident in Pennsylvania, especially if it resulted in any type of injury, you should consult with an experienced auto accident attorney as soon as possible. A qualified lawyer will be able to make sure your rights are protected and that all procedures required under the Pennsylvania vehicle codes are executed correctly.
At Solnick & Associates, our team has comprehensive experience with Pennsylvania car accident and personal injury law. Consultations are free. Contact us online or call (877) 415-6495 to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to go over the details of your case and discuss what we can do to help you.