Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 55: Motor and Other Vehicles

Chapter 10: Accidents, Arrests, Crimes and Penalties

Part 1: Accidents

TCA 55-10-111: Accident report forms -- Penalty for failure to report. [Effective on January 1, 2015. See the version effective until January 1, 2015.]

(a) The department shall advise all suitable agencies or individuals required to submit accident reports the appropriate method to submit such report. The reports to be made by persons involved in accidents and by investigating officers shall call for sufficiently detailed information to disclose with reference to a traffic accident the cause, conditions then existing, and the persons and vehicles involved.

(b) Every accident report required to be made by a law enforcement officer shall be transmitted to the department in an electronic format approved and according to the standards established by the department. The report shall contain all of the information required therein unless not available. All other accident reports shall be transmitted to the department on appropriate forms approved by the department.

(c) The commissioner may suspend the license or permit to drive and any nonresident operating privileges of any person failing to report an accident as herein provided until the report has been filed, and the commissioner may extend the suspension for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days. A person failing to make a required report commits a Class C misdemeanor.

History: Acts 1955, ch. 329, SC 88; T.C.A., SC 59-1011; Acts 1986, ch. 842, SC 10; 1989, ch. 591, SC 113; 2012, ch. 531, SCSC 7, 8.