What is a reportable accident in Pennsylvania?

A reportable accident in Pennsylvania is a collision that must happen on a public highway or road and involves at least one motor vehicle. The definition for a reportable crash can be found in Section 3746(a) of Title 75, Pennsylvania’s Consolidated Statutes.

In summary, a crash is reportable if it involves:

  • Injuries
  • Death(s)
  • A badly damaged vehicle that cannot be driven
  • Crashes involving a snowmobile or ATV
  • School bus crashes
  • Damage to PennDOT property such as guide rails and signs

A non-reportable crash does not require a police report. A collision is considered to be non-reportable if:

  • There are no injuries or death
  • There is no towing required
  • If the accident happened on private property
  • If the accident was the result of deliberate intent
  • If the accident resulted from a cataclysm, such as a flash flood, hurricane, lightning, tornado, landslide, cyclone, earthquake, etc.

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