Alaska Car Accident Report Basics
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.
|Alaska Statutes Sections 28.35.080, 28.35.090, and 28.35.110|
When to Report
How to Report
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.
Related Car Accident Resources
- Alaska Department of Transportation: Crash Reporting
- Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles
- After a Car Accident: First Steps
- How Long Do you Have to Report a Car Accident?
- What to Do After a Car Accident That's Not Your Fault
Get an Alaska Attorney's Help with Your Car Accident Case
Putting your life back together after a car accident is difficult, especially if you were injured. Depending on your circumstances, you may want to consider speaking with a professional about your car accident case to learn about your options. Get started by contacting a car accident attorney near you.
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