[Rev. 11/21/2013 12:10:25 PM--2013]

CHAPTER 484E - ACCIDENTS AND REPORTS OF ACCIDENTS

NRS 484E.010        Duty to stop at scene of accident involving death or personal injury; penalty.

NRS 484E.020        Duty to stop at scene of accident involving damage to vehicle or property.

NRS 484E.030        Duty to give information and render aid.

NRS 484E.040        Duty upon damaging unattended vehicle or other property.

NRS 484E.050        Immediate notice to police officer of accident involving unattended vehicle or other property.

NRS 484E.060        Seizure and impoundment of vehicle for failure to surrender license plates and certificate of registration upon suspension of registration.

NRS 484E.070        Written or electronic report of accident to Department by driver or owner; exceptions; confidentiality; use as evidence at trial.

NRS 484E.080        Failure to report; false report; penalties.

NRS 484E.090        State Registrar of Vital Statistics to report death to Department.

NRS 484E.100        Garage or repair shop to maintain record of repairs made to vehicle involved in accident.

NRS 484E.110        Police to report to Department of Public Safety; report not confidential; requirements for preparation of report; submission of copy of report to Department of Motor Vehicles.

NRS 484E.120        Forms for report of accident; duties of Department of Public Safety.

NRS 484E.130        Department to tabulate and analyze reports.

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      NRS 484E.010  Duty to stop at scene of accident involving death or personal injury; penalty.

      1.  The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident on a highway or on premises to which the public has access resulting in bodily injury to or the death of a person shall immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of the accident until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of NRS 484E.030.

      2.  Every such stop must be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.

      3.  A person failing to comply with the provisions of subsection 1 is guilty of a category B felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 2 years and a maximum term of not more than 15 years and by a fine of not less than $2,000 nor more than $5,000.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1482; A 1979, 1484; 1983, 1066; 1993, 2135; 1995, 1297)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.219)

      NRS 484E.020  Duty to stop at scene of accident involving damage to vehicle or property.  The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall:

      1.  Immediately stop his or her vehicle at the scene of the accident; and

      2.  As soon as reasonably practicable, if the driver’s vehicle is obstructing traffic and can be moved safely, move the vehicle or cause the vehicle to be moved to a location as close thereto as possible that does not obstruct traffic and return to and remain at the scene of the accident until the driver has fulfilled the requirements of NRS 484E.030.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1483; A 1997, 2798; 2007, 77)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.221)

      NRS 484E.030  Duty to give information and render aid.

      1.  The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall:

      (a) Give his or her name, address and the registration number of the vehicle the driver is driving, and shall upon request and if available exhibit his or her license to operate a motor vehicle to any person injured in such accident or to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in such accident;

      (b) Give such information and upon request manually surrender such license to any police officer at the scene of the accident or who is investigating the accident; and

      (c) Render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the carrying, or the making of arrangements for the carrying, of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary, or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.

      2.  If no police officer is present, the driver of any vehicle involved in such accident after fulfilling all other requirements of subsection 1 and NRS 484E.010, insofar as possible on his or her part to be performed, shall forthwith report such accident to the nearest office of a police authority or of the Nevada Highway Patrol and submit thereto the information specified in subsection 1.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1483)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.223)

      NRS 484E.040  Duty upon damaging unattended vehicle or other property.  The driver of any vehicle which collides with or is involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately stop and shall then and there locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle or other property of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle or other property or shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on such vehicle or property a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle doing the striking.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1483)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.225)

      NRS 484E.050  Immediate notice to police officer of accident involving unattended vehicle or other property.

      1.  The driver of a vehicle which collides with or is involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property which is unattended, resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property, shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of such accident to the nearest office of a police authority or of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

      2.  Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving an immediate notice of an accident as required in subsection 1 and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable of doing so, such occupant shall make or cause to be given the notice not given by the driver.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1483)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.227)

      NRS 484E.060  Seizure and impoundment of vehicle for failure to surrender license plates and certificate of registration upon suspension of registration.

      1.  A peace officer at the scene of an accident involving a motor vehicle shall, by radio, request that the information on file with the Department be checked regarding the validity of the registration for each motor vehicle involved in the accident. If the peace officer is informed that the registration of a motor vehicle involved in the accident has been suspended pursuant to any provision of chapter 485 of NRS, the peace officer shall determine whether the license plates and certificate of registration for the motor vehicle have been surrendered as required by NRS 485.320. If the license plates and certificate have not been surrendered, the peace officer shall:

      (a) Issue a traffic citation in the manner provided in NRS 484A.630 charging the registered owner with a violation of NRS 485.320 and 485.330; and

      (b) Without a warrant, seize and take possession of the motor vehicle and cause it to be towed and impounded until the owner claims it by:

             (1) Presenting proof that the vehicle’s registration has been reinstated by the Department; and

             (2) Paying the cost of the towing and impoundment.

      2.  Neither the peace officer nor the governmental entity which employs the peace officer is civilly liable for any damage to the vehicle that occurs after the vehicle is seized, but before the towing process begins.

      (Added to NRS by 1987, 319)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.228)

      NRS 484E.070  Written or electronic report of accident to Department by driver or owner; exceptions; confidentiality; use as evidence at trial.

      1.  The Department shall:

      (a) Approve the format of the forms for accident reports made pursuant to this section; and

      (b) Make those forms available to persons who are required to forward the reports to the Department pursuant to this section.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsections 3, 4 and 5, the driver of a vehicle which is in any manner involved in an accident on a highway or on premises to which the public has access, if the accident results in bodily injury to or the death of any person or total damage to any vehicle or item of property to an apparent extent of $750 or more, shall, within 10 days after the accident, forward a written or electronic report of the accident to the Department. Whenever damage occurs to a motor vehicle, the operator shall attach to the accident report an estimate of repairs or a statement of the total loss from an established repair garage, an insurance adjuster employed by an insurer licensed to do business in this State, an adjuster licensed pursuant to chapter 684A of NRS or an appraiser licensed pursuant to chapter 684B of NRS. The Department may require the driver or owner of the vehicle to file supplemental written or electronic reports whenever the original report is insufficient in the opinion of the Department.

      3.  A report is not required from any person if the accident was investigated by a police officer pursuant to NRS 484E.110 and the report of the investigating officer contains:

      (a) The name and address of the insurance company providing coverage to each person involved in the accident;

      (b) The number of each policy; and

      (c) The dates on which the coverage begins and ends.

      4.  The driver of a vehicle subject to the jurisdiction of the Surface Transportation Board or the Nevada Transportation Authority need not submit in his or her report the information requested pursuant to subsection 3 of NRS 484E.120 until the 10th day of the month following the month in which the accident occurred.

      5.  A written or electronic accident report is not required pursuant to this chapter from any person who is physically incapable of making a report, during the period of the person’s incapacity. Whenever the driver is physically incapable of making a written or electronic report of an accident as required in this section and the driver is not the owner of the vehicle, the owner shall within 10 days after knowledge of the accident make the report not made by the driver.

      6.  All written or electronic reports required in this section to be forwarded to the Department by drivers or owners of vehicles involved in accidents are without prejudice to the person so reporting and are for the confidential use of the Department or other state agencies having use of the records for accident prevention, except as otherwise provided in NRS 239.0115 and except that the Department may disclose to a person involved in an accident or to his or her insurer the identity of another person involved in the accident when the person’s identity is not otherwise known or when the person denies having been present at the accident. The Department may also disclose the name of the person’s insurer and the number of the person’s policy.

      7.  A written or electronic report forwarded pursuant to the provisions of this section may not be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal, arising out of an accident except that the Department shall furnish upon demand of any party to such a trial, or upon demand of any court, a certificate showing that a specified accident report has or has not been made to the Department in compliance with law, and, if the report has been made, the date, time and location of the accident, the names and addresses of the drivers, the owners of the vehicles involved and the investigating officers. The report may be used as evidence when necessary to prosecute charges filed in connection with a violation of NRS 484E.080.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1484; A 1981, 1126, 1865; 1983, 1067; 1985, 1174, 1943; 1995, 2732; 1997, 1620, 2008; 2007, 2117; 2013, 542)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.229)

      NRS 484E.080  Failure to report; false report; penalties.

      1.  If a person willfully fails, refuses or neglects to make a report of an accident in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, the person’s driving privilege may be suspended. Suspension action taken under this section remains in effect for 1 year unless terminated by receipt of the report of the accident or upon receipt of evidence that failure to report was not willful.

      2.  Any person who gives information in electronic, oral or written reports as required in this chapter, knowing or having reason to believe that such information is false, is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1484; A 1981, 1127; 2013, 543)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.236)

      NRS 484E.090  State Registrar of Vital Statistics to report death to Department.  The State Registrar of Vital Statistics shall on or before the 10th day of each month report in writing to the Department the death of any person resulting from a vehicle accident, giving the time and place of accident and the circumstances relating thereto.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1484; A 1985, 1944)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.238)

      NRS 484E.100  Garage or repair shop to maintain record of repairs made to vehicle involved in accident.  The person in charge of any garage or repair shop to which is brought any motor vehicle which shows evidence of having been involved in an accident and which is repaired in that garage or repair shop shall maintain for 2 years a record of those repairs including the:

      1.  Registration number of the vehicle;

      2.  Vehicle identification number;

      3.  Color of the vehicle before the repairs;

      4.  Location on the vehicle of the damage repaired;

      5.  Total amount of the damage; and

      6.  Name and address of the person who requested the repairs.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1484; A 1975, 142; 1987, 685)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.241)

      NRS 484E.110  Police to report to Department of Public Safety; report not confidential; requirements for preparation of report; submission of copy of report to Department of Motor Vehicles.

      1.  Every police officer who investigates a vehicle accident of which a report must be made as required in this chapter, or who otherwise prepares a written or electronic report as a result of an investigation either at the time of and at the scene of the accident or thereafter by interviewing the participants or witnesses, shall forward a written or electronic report of the accident to the Department of Public Safety within 10 days after the investigation of the accident. The data collected by the Department of Public Safety pursuant to this subsection must be recorded in a central repository created by the Department of Public Safety to track data electronically concerning vehicle accidents on a statewide basis.

      2.  The written or electronic reports required to be forwarded by police officers and the information contained therein are not privileged or confidential.

      3.  Every sheriff, chief of police or office of the Nevada Highway Patrol receiving any report required under NRS 484E.030 to 484E.090, inclusive, shall immediately prepare a copy thereof and file the copy with the Department of Public Safety.

      4.  If a police officer investigates a vehicle accident resulting in bodily injury to or the death of any person or total damage to any vehicle or item of property to an apparent extent of $750 or more, the police officer shall prepare a written or electronic report of the investigation.

      5.  As soon as practicable after receiving a report pursuant to this section, the Department of Public Safety shall submit a copy of the report to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1485; A 1985, 1945; 1987, 685; 2013, 544)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.243)

      NRS 484E.120  Forms for report of accident; duties of Department of Public Safety.

      1.  The Department of Public Safety shall prepare forms for accident reports required pursuant to NRS 484E.110, suitable with respect to the persons required to make the reports and the purposes to be served. The forms must be designed to call for sufficiently detailed information to disclose with reference to an accident the cause, conditions then existing, the persons and vehicles involved, the name and address of the insurance company, the number of the policy providing coverage and the dates on which the coverage begins and ends. The Department of Public Safety shall, upon request, supply to a police department, sheriff or other appropriate agency or person, the forms for accident reports prepared by a police officer pursuant to NRS 484E.110.

      2.  In addition to submitting a copy of a report pursuant to NRS 484E.110, the Department of Public Safety shall provide any information required by this section which is not included in the report to the Department of Motor Vehicles to enable the Department of Motor Vehicles to determine whether the requirements for the deposit of security under chapter 485 of NRS are inapplicable. The Department of Motor Vehicles may rely upon the accuracy of information supplied to a police officer by a driver or owner on the form unless it has reason to believe that the information is erroneous.

      3.  Every accident report required pursuant to NRS 484E.070 must be made on the appropriate form approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles pursuant to that section and must contain all the information required in the form.

      4.  Every accident report required pursuant to NRS 484E.110 must be made on the appropriate form approved by the Department of Public Safety and must contain all the information required therein unless it is not available.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1485; A 1981, 1127; 1985, 1175, 1945; 1999, 3578; 2013, 544)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.247)

      NRS 484E.130  Department to tabulate and analyze reports.  The Department shall tabulate and analyze all accident reports received in compliance with this chapter and shall publish annually, or at more frequent intervals, statistical information based thereon as to the number and circumstances of vehicle accidents.

      (Added to NRS by 1969, 1485; A 1985, 1945)—(Substituted in revision for NRS 484.249)