(Juneau) The Dodge County Sheriff is highlighting the proper way to notify police of an accident. Sheriff Dale Schmidt says slippery roads and tough conditions come with a lot of vehicles winding up in the ditch. He says it is not uncommon that the driver leaves the vehicle behind and no report is made to authorities. Reporting an accident is important to law enforcement because they can get on scene and determine if anyone is injured. It also allows them to determine if the driver was impaired or did not have a driver’s license at the time of the accident. Schmidt says drivers or occupants of a vehicle are required to notify law enforcement of any accident where a person is injured, there is damage to vehicles or property of $1,000 or more or if there is $200 or more in damage to state or other government property that is not a vehicle. For more information on how or when to report an accident follow this link from the Wisconsin DOT: https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/crsh-rpt/default.aspx
346.70 Duty to report accident; assistance following accident.
(1) IMMEDIATE NOTICE OF ACCIDENT. The operator or occupant of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person, any damage to state or other government-owned property, except a state or other government-owned vehicle, to an apparent extent of $200 or more, or total damage to property owned by any one person or to a state or other government-owned vehicle to an apparent extent of $1,000 or more shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of such accident to the police department, the sheriff’s department or the traffic department of the county or municipality in which the accident occurred or to a state traffic patrol officer. In this subsection, “injury” means injury to a person of a physical nature resulting in death or the need of first aid or attention by a physician or surgeon, whether or not first aid or medical or surgical treatment was actually received; “total damage to property owned by one person” means the sum total cost of putting the property damaged in the condition it was before the accident, if repair thereof is practical, and if not practical, the sum total cost of replacing such property. For purposes of this subsection if any property which is damaged is held in a form of joint or multiple ownership, the property shall be considered to be owned by one person.