Q.: What do Ohio's
motor vehicle laws require of me if I am involved in an auto accident?
A.:Ohio law requires that if you are in any automobile accident, you
must STOP immediately.
also GIVE your name, address, and vehicle registration number to any injured
person and/or the owner(s) and/or operator(s) of the other motor vehicle(s)
involved in the accident. This information must also be given to the police
when they respond. If you are driving another person's automobile, you must
also provide the name and address of the owner(s). You should exchange with
the other driver the insurance information from your insurance card,
including the insurance company name and your policy number. You also should
receive the same information from the other driver.
REMAIN AT THE SCENE until the police arrive. If you have caused damage, you
must provide the property owner with the required information (as listed
above), and, if it is requested, you must show your driver's license. If the
other car is unoccupied, you must attach the required information (listed
above) to a prominent place on the other vehicle, such as under a wiper
What if the police do not arrive at the scene of the accident?
A.: Even if the police do not respond, you still MUST notify the
police department of the accident location within 24 hours. Then you must
complete a "delayed" accident report at the police station.
Are there other things I should know about auto accident procedures?
A.: 1) If possible, do not move your car until the police arrive.
However, your vehicle should not be left where it is likely to create a
hazard or another accident.
2) Get names and addresses of the drivers of the vehicle(s) involved and
passengers in the vehicle(s). Take down license plate numbers and, if
possible, names and addresses of witnesses to the accident.
3) Make notes about the circumstances of the accident, including car
locations, skid marks, or any observations which may help to explain the
4) You should assist the responding police officer. However, unless you are
absolutely certain you know the cause of the accident, it is wise not to
offer an opinion. You are not required to give an opinion.
5) Help to make any injured person comfortable, but do not move him or her,
or you may aggravate an injury.