What To Do If Involved in An Auto Crash
From the Odessa Police Department: the Odessa Police Department would like to remind motorists what to do if involved in a car crash.
Auto Crash Motorist Reminder1) 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) 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 $1,000 worth of damage and all accidents that result in either injury or death.
3) Motorists are required to exchange all necessary information for accidents involving less than $1,000 damage that occur on public roadways. Motorists are also required to exchange all necessary information for accidents that occur on private property regardless of the amount of damage involved. Officers will respond to crashes that occur on private property if one of the drivers does not have insurance.
4) 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. If a motorist strikes an unattended vehicle, they are still required to leave the necessary information with the vehicle involved.
5) Officers will investigate crashes that occur on private property for the following reasons:
A) They result in either injury or death.
B) They involve drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or a substance other than alcohol.
C) Hit & Runs with credible evidence such as license plate information, surveillance footage, etc.