According to Idaho Code 18-8007, motorists must stop at the scene if they cause an accident and fulfill the following legal obligations.2 First, you must remain on-site and call the police immediately. Second, you must gather contact details from any witnesses and document the scene by taking photos of the vehicles involved and any resulting damage. Finally, you must exchange contact information with the other driver. Here’s what you should remember to document:
- The other party’s name, address, vehicle identification number, and the names of all occupants in all vehicles involved
- The date and time of the incident
Because Idaho is an at-fault state, the driver who causes an accident is responsible for the other party’s medical and property damage expenses. Therefore, failure to complete the above steps will result in severe consequences, especially if the accident causes severe injury, death, or significant property damage. Such consequences can range from fines to license suspension to jail time.