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Business and Financial Policies and Procedures

15.3.1 Report an Accident Involving a University Vehicle

Policy Statement

The University of Illinois System is subject to and complies with the Illinois Administrative Code (Section 5040.520), which mandates that the system must report all accidents to the Department of Central Management Services (CMS) that involve:

  • Department or car/motor pool vehicles assigned on a long-term basis
  • Daily or short-term rentals from the car/motor pool

An "accident" is defined as "harm to state-owned property and/or harm to another party's person or property."

Drivers of system vehicles must regard vehicle accidents with the same sense of responsibility as if the accident involved their own vehicle. The system may suspend an individual driver or an entire unit from further use of system motor vehicles should they fail to report accidents promptly and completely.

If you do not report the accident promptly the State of Illinois may refuse to defend you in a lawsuit or to pay a judgment on your behalf.


To report an accident involving a system vehicle:

  1. Consult the Vehicle Accident Response Plan that is in the vehicle glove compartment.
  2. Report the accident to local law enforcement while still at the scene.
  3. Call to report the accident to your university motor pool (Urbana, Springfield) or Transportation Office (Chicago), and your immediate supervisor within 24 hours, or the next business day after a weekend or University holiday.
  4. Complete and submit the Illinois Motorist Report provided in the vehicle's glove compartment to the address on the form.
  5. Within 3 days submit a copy of your completed Illinois Motorist Report to your university motor pool (Urbana, Springfield) or Transportation Office (Chicago). For information on how to complete the form correctly, consult the Example of a Completed Illinois Motorist Report. Your supervisor may complete the form if you are unable to do so.
  6. If the accident occurred outside Illinois, complete and submit the equivalent form required by that state within 3 days following the accident. Submit a copy to your university Motor Pool (Urbana, Springfield), or Transportation Office (Chicago).
    If the vehicle has been permanently assigned to your unit, you or your supervisor must submit the Illinois Motorist Report (or the out-of-state equivalent) to Claims Management (Urbana and Springfield). In Chicago, submit the Report to your Transportation Office.
  7. Urbana and Springfield Motor Pools submit the completed Illinois Motorist Report to Claims Management.
  8. If the accident resulted in real or alleged bodily injury and/or property damage, Claims Management (Urbana and Springfield) submits your Illinois Motorist Report (or the out-of-state form) to CMS Auto Liability Division, within the required 7 calendar days. In Chicago, the Transportation Office reports the accident directly to Central Management Services (CMS).
  9. Notify your personal auto insurance carrier. If the claim is reported after the 7-day deadline to CMS and/or the accident occurred during non-business use of the vehicle, the State of Illinois will deny the claim. Your personal insurance carrier will then become your primary insurance.

Insurance Coverage for Passengers

System drivers or passengers are covered by Workers' Compensation benefits if injured while on system business. Non-employee passengers are not covered by the State of Illinois Self-Insured Motor Vehicle Liability Plan so should contact their personal insurance. On a case-by case basis, the system may choose to aid an individual with medical costs, should circumstances warrant. Under no circumstance will the system pay more than $10,000 in medical payments on behalf of an individual in such a situation.

Forms Used in this Procedure

Illinois Motorist Report
Example of a Completed Illinois Motorist Report

Vehicle Accident Response Plan
Accidents in University Vehicles: Regulations and Coverage
Illinois Administrative Code (Section 5040.520)
Urbana Car Pool
Chicago Campus Auto Rental Service
Springfield Facilities and Services
How Your Personal Insurance Becomes Involved in a Claim

Last Updated: January  3, 2019 | Approved: Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance | Effective: September 2012

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