By Sarah Seeley
Amarillo, Texas - You can now save time by filing minor accident reports online instead of waiting for a police officer.
The state required Driver's Crash Report is now available online from the Amarillo Police department.
If you are involved in a minor accident and call the police department, certain situations will no longer require an officer to bring the report.
"The person may not want to take the time to sit on the side of the road, sit in the parking lot or stay at the scene until the officer arrives and basically hands them forms and [to] make sure that they have exchanged information," said Sgt. Brent Barbee.
Those applicable situations are:
- A non-emergency
- No injuries
- No one left the accident scene without providing full driver, vehicle, and insurance information
- No drunk drivers
- No wrecker required
- No more than two vehicles involved
- No damage to property other than vehicles in excess of $1,000
- The accident happened inside Amarillo city limits
But some insurance agents say it may not be the best choice if you have to file a claim.
"This [option] allows drivers to print and report their own report form at their own convenience rather than waiting for the officers to go out there," said Sgt. Barbee.
While this may be more convenient, some insurance agents say all the information needed for a claim may not get collected.
"[There is a] whole list of things that show up on an actual police report that's now the responsibility of the person whose involved in the accident to gather all that at the scene," said Clark Damon, Allstate Insurance Agent.
Damon says even though this option is quicker for many drivers, its not the best option if damage occurs and a claim needs to be made.
"Every time a person has a choice of having the police come out to the scene or doing the report themselves, they should always pick having the police officer come out to the scene for a variety of reasons," said Damon.