How To Report a Traffic Accident
How To Report a Traffic Accident?
- The first question people ask is “should I file a report” or “do I have to file a report?” The law states that any accident with over $1,000 damage to any one vehicle must be reported.Report accidents with $200+ damage to government property or injuries/deaths involved to the appropriate authorities.
- A report is essential for insurance claims and legal matters arising from the accident.The law enforcement agencies that responded to the accident will usually make and file the accident report for you.
Contact your local police department to request a form for self-reporting the accident if the police were not called.
- The accident report is considered to be the official written document which records the facts and circumstances surrounding any traffic accident. It will include the date and time of the accident, description of the vehicles, name and address of the drivers and all the passengers, names of witnesses and names of insurance companies.
- If a report has been filed already, you may contact the local police department that responded to the scene or you can contact:
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Crash Records Unit
P.O. Box 7919
Madison, WI 53707-7919
Crash Records Unit (608) 266-8753