November 10, 2014 - Dozens of minor traffic accidents and/or fender benders happen on city of Houston roadways everyday.
The Houston Police Department wants to remind drivers they don’t have to call a police officer to an accident scene if all of the following circumstances exist:
- No one is injured
- All vehicles involved are driveable with minor damage
- All drivers have driver's licenses and proof of insurance
- Drivers are cordial and there is no disturbance
- Drivers are not intoxicated (drugs or alcohol)
- No government people or property is involved
If all of the above exist, simply exchange driver’s license and insurance information with the other driver(s). The next step is to complete a Driver’s Crash Report, known as a blue form (does not have to be on blue paper) available at https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/law-enforcement/crash-reports.html This form must be completed within 10 days.
If you are involved in a car accident not investigated by a police officer that results in an injury or at least $1,000 in property damages, you (driver) must file the Blue Form.
When you should contact 9-1-1 for a police officer to come to your accident scene:
- If the other driver leaves the scene prior to exchanging of information
- Major accidents with heavy damage to a vehicle(s) and/or injuries
- If a vehicle cannot be safely driven, call for an officer to sign a Police Officer's Tow Slip
It is important to remember to “Steer It, Clear It.” If possible, move your vehicles from the roadway to a safe location to exchange information or to call a police officer.
“Help Us, Help You” is a campaign aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.