Fact or fiction: Car crash cop response

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

zzfenderQ: Is it fact or fiction that police will not respond to a crash unless someone’s hurt. If that’s true, what do I do? — Tom from Spokane

A: “Tom, I understand why you’re asking that question. It can be very confusing to figure out who’s responsible, and then what to do about it if you have a crash. First off, you need to know it’s a different agency to agency. So, depending on where your collision occured, it’s going to change on who may respond. Some city, state, or county agency have different rulings. So, I can tell you from the state patrol, we’re going to respond to that crash if we’re available, and we’ll take a report on it, as is mandated by the state if the damages appear to be over $700. You should know that if they’re in a city, or there’s a crash that they can’t respond to it, the state does say that if it’s $700 worth of damage, you have 4 days to go into either your local area, that county or city, and file your own report, or take one into the state.” — Washington State Trooper Julie Judson