Alaska Car Accident Report Basics

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Car accidents happen, even to the most careful drivers. While you can't always prevent fender-benders, you can educate yourself about your legal obligations following an accident. If you are wondering about what steps to take after a car accident, read on to learn more about how to file a car crash report in Alaska.

Your Reporting Obligation

If you are involved in a road accident in Alaska, you may have an obligation to report the accident to police, submit a written report to the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles, or both. If the accident was investigated by police, law enforcement has its own independent obligation to generate a report within 24 hours of the incident.

There are hefty penalties for not making a required report after an accident. Failure to do so may result in the state suspending your driving privileges until you file the report. Under Alaska law, failing to make a report is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200, imprisonment for 90 days, or both. There is also strong motivation to be careful and accurate in any report that you do make. Giving false information in a car accident report is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 imprisonment of up to one year, or both.

Alaska Car Accident Report Basics at a Glance

The following chart provides more information about filing a car accident report in Alaska.

Statutes

Alaska Statutes Sections 28.35.080, 28.35.090, and 28.35.110

When to Report

  • A car accident must be reported if it results in:
    • The bodily injury or death of any person (including a driver, passenger, or pedestrian/bystander)
    • Total property damage to an apparent extent of $2,000 or more
  • If a reportable accident was not investigated by the police, the driver must also file a written accident report
  • A report is not required from someone who is physically incapable of making the report due to incapacity

How to Report

  • If the accident occurred within a municipality, a driver must report the accident to the local police department
  • If the accident occurred in a rural area not included in a municipality, the driver must report the accident to the Department of Public Safety
  • The accident must be reported "immediately by the quickest means of communication"
  • If a written report is required, it must be submitted to the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles within 10 days of the accident

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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