Riverton Police Remind Motorists What to Do if Involved in a Crash

car-crash-webThe Unified Police Department – Riverton Precinct would like to remind motorists what to do if involved in a car crash. In 2017, the Unified Police Department – Riverton Precinct responded to over 800 crashes and has responded to over 590 so far this year; many of those crashes resulted in citations.

1)  State law requires all motorists involved in an accident to immediately stop at the scene or as close as possible to the scene without obstructing traffic. Motorists are required to immediately return and remain at the scene of the accident if the vehicle is not stopped at the scene of the accident.

2)  All operators involved in accidents are required to exchange necessary information consisting of: name, address, driver license number, license plate number and insurance information. It is also recommended that operators exchange phone numbers.

3)  Motorists are required to exchange all necessary information for accidents involving less than $1,500 damage that occur on public roadways. Motorists are also required to exchange all necessary information for accidents that occur on private property and if a motorist strikes an unattended vehicle, they are still required to leave the necessary information with the vehicle involved.

4)  If an accident occurs on a busy roadway and the vehicle is drivable, motorists are encouraged to move to the nearest side street or parking lot if possible. State law requires law enforcement officers to investigate all accidents on public roadways involving at least $1,500 worth of damage and all accidents that result in either injury or death. 

5)  Law enforcement officers will also investigate crashes that occur on private property for the following reasons:

A)  Accidents that result in either injury or death.
B)  Accidents involving drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.
C)  Hit & Run accidents.