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Reporting Thresholds for Property Damage by U.S. Department of Transportation Modal Administrations

Dataset Table:

Modal administration Reporting threshold 1
Federal Aviation Administration More than $25,000 damage to property other than the aircraft. 2
Federal Highway Administration None; each state defines its own threshold and FHWA collects state reports. 3
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. 4
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. 5

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Federal Aviation Administration:  49 CFR 830.5 (as of Apr. 12, 2019). 

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

Federal Railroad Administration: 49 CFR 225.19 (as of Apr. 12, 2019). 

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 Apr. 12, 2019.

Federal Transit Administration: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, National Transit Database, 2019 Safety and Security Reporting Manual (Washington, DC: 2019), available at: as of Apr. 12, 2019.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration:

Gas pipeline: 49 CFR 191.3 (as of Apr. 12, 2019).

Hazardous liquid pipelines: 49 CFR 195.50 (as of Apr. 12, 2019).

U.S. Coast Guard:

Commercial shipping: 46 CFR 4.05-1 (as of Apr. 12, 2019).

Recreational boating: 33 CFR 173.55 (as of Apr. 12, 2019).