Accident Report Required If Car Damage is Over $500 - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Accident Report Required If Car Damage is Over $500

Posted: Updated:

KENNEWICK, WA-- The recent wintry conditions Are causing lots of accidents on the slick roads.

But you might not know that a law requires you to fill out an accident report if the damage to your car in an accident is over $500.

Although, insurance companies do not require a report.

An insurance agent tells us you can pick up a report form at law enforcement stations or find one online.

"The law requires that if there's more than 500 dollars damage, that an accident report needs to be filed with the police jurisdiction you're in. If you're in town with the city police, outside of town with the state patrol and that way it's documented," said Gary Paulson, insurance agent at Mid-Columbia Insurance.

Paulson says when the law was made $500 dollars was a hefty price, but know it's difficult to make it out of a body shop without a bill of $1,000 or more.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Tri-CitiesTri-Cities NewsMore>>

  • Help Center Monday: Mental health

    Help Center Monday: Mental health

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:46:33 GMT

    For this week's help center, we had several specialists come in to answer your questions about mental health. 

    More >>

    For this week's help center, we had several specialists come in to answer your questions about mental health. 

    More >>
  • House approves Newhouse bill honoring fallen Richland Marine

    House approves Newhouse bill honoring fallen Richland Marine

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:52:57 GMT

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation H.R. 5504, to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington as the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office.” 

    More >>

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation H.R. 5504, to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington as the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office.” 

    More >>
  • Benton County voters to see changes in the Primary Elections

    Benton County voters to see changes in the Primary Elections

    Monday, July 16 2018 4:41 PM EDT2018-07-16 20:41:02 GMT

    The Benton County Auditor is pleased to announce some exciting changes to the ballot for Benton County voters. 

    More >>

    The Benton County Auditor is pleased to announce some exciting changes to the ballot for Benton County voters. 

    More >>