(Approved by the Executive Vice President by authority of Executive Order No. 5)
When an accident takes place, immediate steps should be taken to summon emergency medical care and salvage property. The names and addresses of the parties involved should be obtained and evidence should not be disturbed until the area has been officially inspected. Irrespective of the circumstances surrounding the accident, it is not appropriate to admit liability at the accident scene.
If a University-owned, leased, or on-loan vehicle is involved, a State of Washington Vehicle Accident Report form is required (see also Administrative Policy Statement 10.8). This report must be completed by the University driver and the driver's supervisor and submitted to the University Police Department within 24 hours following the accident. The accident report will then be sent by the University Police Department to the Office of Risk Management, which will handle all further investigation of the accident, contact involved parties, and resolve any insurance claims. In addition, the Office of Risk Management will attempt recovery for damages when other parties are responsible for the accident.
Any incident which could have caused an injury or illness on University property or at any University-sponsored activity, should be reported within 24 hours. Accident reports are described in Administrative Policy Statement 10.8.
Other reports may be required for specific kinds of insurance coverage. See Administrative Policy Statement 40.4, "Insurance Benefits and Retirement Plans," Administrative Policy Statement 10.8, "Accident, Injury, and Illness Reporting," and Administrative Policy Statement 10.3, "Occupational Safety and Health Programs: General Requirements for WISHA Compliance" for information on other required reports, and Section 8 of this policy statement for information on optional health and accident coverage reports.