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Am I Required to Call the Police After a Car Accident?

Going through a car accident can be an extremely stressful situation for a person. It can leave a person with severe property damages, personal injury, and can even be the reason why someone loses their life. A car accident can happen at any given moment, even when you are driving as safely and carefully as possible. Another person’s reckless and negligent driving can cause be the cause of your car accident. After experiencing a car accident, the best thing to do is to remain calm to be able to have a clear mind in assessing your current case.

Another person’s reckless and negligent driving can cause be the cause of your car accident. After experiencing a car accident, the best thing to do is to remain calm to be able to have a clear mind in assessing your current case.

Involving the police is not always necessary after going through a car accident. The two main factors that need to be assessed in order to determine whether you need to call the police or not is the amount of damage that the vehicles have endured and whether anyone involved in the crash was injured.

If your vehicle has sustained a minor damage like a dent, having the police involved at the scene is not required if the other driver provides you with their insurance information.

In order to file a claim through the insurance company, you may need a police report. The wise thing to do is to call the police after experiencing a car accident.

How to Assess Your Case

My law firm has gathered information throughout our years in practice that helps anyone who has undergone a car accident determine whether their car accident needs to have the police involved at the scene or not.

These are the following things that you should do after you’ve been in a vehicle accident:

  1. Look if you have sustained any injuries and if there are passengers in the vehicle with you, make sure they are okay as well. If anyone is injured, call emergency services.
  2. After you have made sure that nobody is injured in your vehicle, go over to the other driver’s vehicle and make sure that no one is hurt. Call emergency services if you discover that anyone in the other vehicle was injured. Leaving the site of a crash can constitute a hit-and-run and can bring criminal charges to the person that fled the site of the accident
  3. Your health and the health of the other driver are the top priorities to assess after a car accident. Once these two steps have been taken, you should see how much damage was done to your vehicle. Depending on how much damage your car endured, you can assess whether if is required to call the police. Just remember that in order to file an insurance claim, it is helpful to have a police report. If you choose not to call the police, you need to go get this accident report within 24 hours after the crash took place.
  4. If the other driver is cooperating with you by giving you all of his information, the police do not have to get involved. We suggest that regardless of the other driver being cooperative, it is advised to have the police involved.
  5. The main thing to do is remain calm so that you are able to gather all the information that you will need. Gather the other driver’s name, contact information, insurance company information, make and model of his/her car, and any other relevant information that you think will be useful.
  6. After any accident, it is essential to have physical proof. After going through a car accident, take a lot of pictures because this serves as physical evidence and will help in recovering damages in your accident case.

Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or your passengers have been in a car accident and sustained injuries contact Benjamin Drake. My law firm specializes in car accident cases in California. Our team will assure that you get the medical treatment, fix or replace your car and will com you 844 51-DRAKE.