19.00.060     DEPARTMENT VEHICLE COLLISIONS

 

All motor vehicle collisions involving Department vehicles will be reported and investigated.  Collisions will be reviewed by an Accident Review Board and further Department action will be determined, in part by the result of that review.

 

The driver of any Department vehicle (or any private vehicle being used for City business) involved in a collision, resulting in injury to or death to any person, or damage to any property, will immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident and give his/her name, address and vehicle license number and will exhibit his/her driver's license to any person struck or injured or the driver or any occupant of, or any person attending any such vehicle collided with, and will render to any person injured in such collision, reasonable assistance.

 

Motor vehicle collisions involving Department vehicles will be reported and handled in accordance with existing City Policy and Department collision investigation procedure.

 

Whenever the driver of any Department vehicle (or any private vehicle being used for City business), involved in any collision is physically incapable of making required report(s) and there is another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the collision capable of making a report, such occupant will make or cause to be made such report.

 

The driver of a Department vehicle (or any private vehicle being used for business) involved in a collision will:

 

v     Immediately notify NORCOM and their supervisor if the collision occurred within the city limits of Bellevue

 

v     Immediately report the collision to the police agency or jurisdiction if the collision occurred outside the city limits of Bellevue and notify a supervisor

 

v     Not move the vehicle from the collision scene until the arrival of the investigative officer, except under unusual or emergency conditions

 

The driver of a Department emergency vehicle involved in a collision may leave the scene of the collision before the arrival of an investigating officer when:

 

v     The driver is engaged in an emergency response; and

 

v     There are no injuries; and

 

v     No other aid is immediately required; and

 

v     The driver has given sufficient identification to the other driver; and

 

v     The other driver has been advised to contact the Bellevue Police Department

 

v     NORCOM has been advised of the collision

 

 

Collision Investigation

 

Motor vehicle collisions involving Department vehicles (or private vehicles being used for City business) on either a public street or private property will be investigated in accordance with this procedure and the following:

 

v     Collisions occurring in the City of Bellevue, when there is injury to or death of any person, or damage to the property of any one person equal to or exceeding the State minimum dollar amount for reportable collisions (RCW 46.52), will be investigated by the Traffic Unit  and reported to the State by the investigating officer and the driver(s) of said vehicle(s), as required by existing state law.  In addition to the state reports, the driver(s) will submit a complete written report detailing the circumstances of the collision to the Traffic Unit.

 

v     Investigating collisions occurring outside the City of Bellevue is the responsibility of the agency having jurisdiction where the collisions occur.

 

If the agency of jurisdiction declines to investigate the collision, the driver(s) will notify the on-duty traffic supervisor as soon as possible.  In addition, the driver(s) will submit a complete written report describing the circumstances of the collision to the Traffic Unit.

 

The Traffic Section Commander may direct that a parallel investigation be completed on certain city vehicle collisions occurring outside the City.

 

Accident Review Board

 

An Accident Review Board will review the circumstances attending to each Department motor vehicle collision.  The Board will consist of the following members:

 

v     The Traffic Unit Commander

 

v     The Traffic Unit Accident Investigation Supervisor

 

v     A representative of the City's Risk Management Office

 

v     A representative of the Patrol Section

 

The Board will decide if the collision was preventable or non-preventable in accordance with current Accident Review Board Guidelines.  Accident Review Board Guidelines are maintained in the Traffic Unit.