MMUCC Training

V24. Extent of Damage / Removal


Estimation of total damage to motor vehicle from crash. Disabling damage implies damage to the motor vehicle that is sufficient to require the motor vehicle to be towed or carried from the scene. Towed Due to Disabling Damage identifies whether a vehicle involved in a crash is removed from the scene. “Yes” is used for vehicles towed due to disabling damage in the crash. “No” is used for those that are driven from the scene or towed for other reasons (i.e., the driver is arrested or without required license, vehicle is placed out of service because it is unsafe to drive or impounded, etc.). Towing assistance without removal of the vehicle from the scene, such as pulling a vehicle out of a ditch, is not considered to be “towed” for the purposes of this element.

NOTE: For states requiring a more detailed set of damage description
attributes on the crash report (e.g.; moderate/severe, severe, very severe), Towed Due to Disabling Damage is important to specifically identify if the vehicle was towed due to disabling vehicle damage.

Element Attributes:
Subfield 1 - Extent of Damage
  • No Damage
  • Minor Damage
  • Functional Damage
  • Disabling Damage
  • Unknown
Subfield 2 - Towed Due to Disabling Damage
  • Yes
  • No

Standardizing the extent of damage a motor vehicle sustains in a crash is essential to consistent collection of crash data. Towed Due to Disabling Damage is important to identifying non-injury, “tow-away” crashes involving any vehicle towed due to damage sustained in the crash. This information is vital to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in their selection criteria for truck and bus crashes.