Cities, counties, tribes, and other organizations often use collision data to identify and prioritize issues and projects. Developing projects that address collisions is also a requirement for certain types of funding.
When a collision occurs on a local public roadway or state highway in Washington, the collision report is sent to the Washington State Patrol for storage. The exception is some roads of tribal jurisdiction. WSDOT's Transportation Data & GIS division partners with Washington State Patrol to code each collision report, except citizen-generated collision reports, into the state's collision database. Local agency transportation professionals then have access to this data to make decisions.
Get collision data (generated from police officer collision reports)
Contact WSDOT's Transportation Crash Data & Reporting Branch to get collision data.
Get police officer collision reports
- Local agency transportation professionals can ask their police or sheriff's office for a copy of a police officer's actual collision report.
- Local agency transportation professionals can ask WSDOT for reports free of charge by the following methods:
- Local agencies with an occasional need to view collision reports can request them directly from Washington State Patrol. List the collision report number(s) on letterhead stationery and email it to Tracy Perkins . Or fax the letter to: Washington State Patrol Collision Records—Attention Request Unit, at fax number 360-570-2500.
- Local agencies with a frequent need to view collision reports can request access to an online viewer (software). Please contact Matty Olesh , 360-570-2465.