H. B. 2255
(By Delegate T. Campbell)
[Introduced January 12, 2011; referred to the
Committee on Roads and Transportation then the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §17C-4-7a, relating to motor vehicle accident reports; and requiring access to certain basic information without cost by persons involved in motor vehicle accidents.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §17C-4-7a, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4. ACCIDENTS.
§17C-4-7a. Written reports of accidents.
(a) Every law-enforcement officer who, in the regular course of duty, investigates a motor vehicle accident occurring on the public highways of this state resulting in bodily injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of $500 or more shall, either at the time of and at the scene of the accident or thereafter by interviewing participants or witnesses, within twenty-four hours after completing such investigation, forward a written report of such accident to the division. The division shall prepare a form for such accident report and, after approval of such form by the commissioner, the Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police and the Commissioner of Highways, shall supply copies of such form to police departments, sheriffs and other appropriate law-enforcement agencies. Every accident report required under the provisions of this section shall be made on such form.
(b) Additionally, any person involved in a motor vehicle accident shall at the scene of the accident have free access to basic information from the report in order to file a claim with their insurance company. Basic information shall include:
(1) The name and address of each driver involved in the accident;
(2) Make, model and year of each vehicle involved in the accident;
(3) Insurance information for each driver involved in the accident including company name, policy number and contact information for the insurance company;
(4) Location of the accident;
(5) Time and date of accident;
(6) Contact information for the police officer who was present at the scene of the accident.
(c) This above information shall be provided promptly at the scene of the accident by the police officer who serviced the accident.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow persons involved in motor vehicle accidents to receive pertinent information at no charge in order to file a timely insurance claim.
This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.