When Must Pennsylvania Drivers File An Accident Report?

If you have suffered injuries as the result of a motor vehicle accident or incident of medical malpractice, and you need to determine whether you have a legal claim for damages, contact Powell Law for a cost-free and risk-free consultation.

Pennsylvania law in Pa. C.S.A. § 3746 of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code requires that a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Driver’s Accident Report Form must be completed by all drivers involved in a motor vehicle traffic accident occurring in Pennsylvania where injury to or death of any person occurs; or damage to any vehicle involved occurs to the extent that it cannot be driven under its own power customarily without further damage to the vehicle.

Pennsylvania law in § 3747(a) of Title 75 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code requires that if a motor vehicle accident is not investigated by a police officer as required by § 3746, the driver of any vehicle involved in the accident must complete and submit a written report of the accident to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation within five days of the accident.

There is no necessity to involve law enforcement in minor traffic accidents where there are no injuries, and all the vehicles involved can continue normally. Thus, Pennsylvania law does not require police officers to go to the scene of a car accident if there are no serious injuries to any individuals or severe damage to any car.

Also, those involved in the accident are not required to submit an accident report to the police. This allows the parties to privately resolve insignificant property damage such as a scratched fender without burdening Pennsylvania’s law enforcement agencies and judicial system.

However, in this circumstance, all involved drivers, even if more than two vehicles are involved, still must complete and submit their own accident report, specifically Form AA – 600, within five days of the accident.

The following information is necessary to complete the report:

  • Names, addresses, phone numbers, and driver’s license numbers of the drivers involved.
  • Date, time, specific location, and weather conditions of the accident. The location should include the county, town, city, road, street, route number, road marker, railroad crossing ID, if applicable, and any distinguishing landmarks in the road or intersection where the accident occurred.
  • Make, model, year, and license plate number of the vehicles involved.
  • Details of each driver’s insurance company.
  • Any relevant information such as whether the other driver was wearing required corrective eyewear at the time of the accident.
  • Any relevant information about any passengers involved in the crash or witnesses.

After completion, the report should be submitted to:

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Bureau of Highway Safety and Traffic Engineering
PO Box 2047
Harrisburg, PA 17105-2047

A viable option after involvement in a car accident that goes uninvestigated by the police is to immediately contact a personal injury lawyer experienced in handling motor vehicle accident cases. This must be done without delay since the required five-day deadline for submitting the accident report must be met.

It is important to remember that drivers only have five days to file the report after the accident occurs. An attorney can gather the proper information, contact any potential witnesses, and file a report in a timely fashion. This may be especially invaluable after an accident where many of those involved have suffered injuries.

Powell Law’s attorneys have unmatched experience assisting individuals who have suffered damages caused by the negligence of others. At Powell Law, it is our goal to protect and assert our clients’ rights effectively. Powell Law has an established 114-year-old reputation throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact Powell Law at (570) 961-0777. The consultation is FREE, and you don’t pay unless we win!

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