Car Accident Laws in Utah
Even minor car accidents are enough to spike anyone’s adrenaline, especially if you’ve never been involved in a car accident before. Remember, if this happens to you, the first and most important step is to stay calm and check if everyone who was involved in the crash is safe.
Important Next Steps to Take
If your vehicle hasn’t been disabled upon impact and the roadway is clear, you should pull to the side of the road. If there are other vehicles involved in the collision, they should do the same, and you may want to help them if needed.
Once both cars are parked, you must exchange information with the other driver or drivers involved.
Be ready to provide the following information:
• Your full name
• Current address
• Insurance information
• Vehicle owner information
The next step is to take a picture of everything. Video evidence also works. You should document every little detail and also gather statements from anyone who witnessed the accident.
Reporting The Accident
If the crash is serious, police should be called to the scene, where a certified Utah law enforcement officer will file an accident report either on the scene or within 10 days if they feel further investigation of the incident is warranted. You are entitled to a copy of the police report, so be sure to request one.
There are situations where law enforcement may request that the driver of the involved vehicles submit an accident report form as well. This applies when one or all of the following are true:
• The accident caused the injury or death of another person
• The accident caused damage totaling $1,500 or more
• The police report on file is incomplete or insufficient
If you are required to complete an accident report, you must file it within 10 days of the request or you may lose your license for 30 days. Little details like this are what make it important to contact a professional if you need help when you had an accident in Utah.