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Table 2-8: Reporting Thresholds for Property Damage by U.S. Department of Transportation Modal Administrations

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Modal administration Reporting threshold
Federal Aviation Administration More than $25,000 damage to property other than the aircraft.
Federal Highway Administration None; each state defines its own threshold and FHWA collects state reports.
Federal Railroad Administration More than $9,500 in damages to railroad on-track equipment, signals, track, track structures, and roadbed for accidents other than at grade-crossings.  No threshold for grade-crossing accidents.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration   None; property-damage-only crashes are recorded through the General Estimates System, a nationally representative sample of police-reported crashes of all severities.
Federal Transit Administration More than $25,000.
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration  More than $50,000 for gas pipelines.
More than $50,000 for hazardous liquid pipelines.
U. S. Coast Guard More than $25,000 for commercial vessels.
More than $2,000 or complete loss of vessel for recreational boats.


Federal Aviation Administration:  AIM Chapter 7, Section 6 (as of August 22, 2013). 

Federal Highway Administration: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, personal communication, Dec 2007. 

Federal Railroad Administration: 49 CFR 225.19 (as of October 1, 2013). 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Traffic Safety Facts 2006, DOT HS 810 818 (Washington, DC: 2006), available at:,as of May 17, 2011.

Federal Transit Administration: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, 2014 Safety and Security Reporting Manual (Washington, DC: 2014), available at: as of Mar. 7, 2014.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration:

Gas pipeline: 49 CFR 191.3 (as of Jan. 14, 2012).

Hazardous liquid pipelines: 49 CFR 195.50 (as of Oct. 1, 2011).

U.S. Coast Guard:

Commercial shipping: 46 CFR 4.05-1 (as of Oct. 1, 2011).

Recreational boating: 33 CFR 173.55 (as of Jul. 30, 2012).

Updated: Sunday, May 21, 2017