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Posted by Toni

I was involved in a auto accident and was rear-ended. At the time I asked the officer if a report would be made. She stated that the incident did not fit their criteria for a report. There were no apparent injuries by either party at the time, I was able to drive off but the other car was in a sad state and had to be towed off. My vehicle was damaged but I was able to drive off. Also, no id, license or insurance questions were asked of us. I am hoping this does not pose any issues for insurance claim process?

So, what is that criteria for a report to be completed and filed?

Dear Toni,

What a bummer. I am glad that you are okay. I don’t know what agency the officer worked for that assisted you, and I’m not familiar with other agency procedures, but I can tell you if your accident was in the Sacramento city limits, the officer gave you the correct advice. In cases where there are no obvious violations, (ie., unlicensed/suspended license, DUI driver, no serious injuries, or if the vehicle is other than a city vehicle, bus, light rail, etc.), it falls below Sacramento Police Department minimum reporting standards. You and the other driver are to exchange information including your names, driver’s license numbers, phone numbers, license plate and your insurance carrier information. You then call your insurance company and give them the details of the accident. Your insurance companies then work out the details. They have internal investigators that deal with this sort of thing.

The Sacramento Police Department can ... Read more: 
http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/46081/Ask_Officer_Michelle_Reporting_Criteria_for_Vehicle_Accidents

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