Nashville, Tennessee (WSMV) – President John Drake announced a new program that will go into effect Monday, August 22, that will allow drivers involved in multiple property damage accidents to self-report driver information and collision details through an online portal.
The system developed by Lexis-Nexis will route completed reports to the records department of the MNPD where interested parties and their insurance companies can receive copies as needed.
“As the city grows and the demand for police services increases, calls must be prioritized according to immediate public safety needs,” President Drake said. “During peak call volume, most property damage incidents, particularly those not blocking major roads, are considered to be lower priority calls in the classification hierarchy. Sometimes this can mean long wait times, something we hope to reduce significantly with this new software” .
Motorists involved in property damage incidents, including those in private parking lots, are entitled to self-report through the new system as long as:
- The two parties agreed to share the driver’s license, vehicle information, insurance and agree on the circumstances of the accident
- There are no injuries
- No vehicle involved blocking a road due to inoperability
- Downtime does not involve hit and run
- The incident does not involve a DUI or any other criminal matter
- Property damage accident calls received by the emergency department
Connections will be sorted to determine if the collision qualifies for the program. If so, the call recipient will divert the caller to a dedicated 800 line where they will be asked to enter their cell phone number and will receive a link to start the report.
After successful submission, both parties will receive a report number for which they or their insurance companies will receive a copy.
The new self-report system will be for property damage incidents only. Officers will respond to the scene of accidents if it involves injury or death or where one of the other parties may have accidents resulting from the commission of a crime, collisions and running on public roads, and the accident involving serious disturbance, involving arguments or violent confrontations between the parties.
More information on self-reporting incidents of property damage can be found on the MNPD website and through HubNashville.
Fraudulently completing a crash report, or knowingly providing false information on a report, is a violation of Tennessee law.
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