Should I call the police if I’m involved in a vehicle accident?

call the police after a crashWith millions of traffic accidents occurring every year, there may very well be a vehicle collision in your future. Every driver should know the steps to take in the event of an accident, including how to decide whether or not to call the police.

Call the Police

Generally, calling the police after you’ve been involved in a vehicle accident is a good idea. Having an officer present at the accident scene will expedite the exchange of information between all parties. If you feel that the other driver has committed a motor vehicle violation, and he doesn’t want you to call the police, ignore him and make the call. Furthermore, you should definitely call the police if:

  • There is personal injury. You should call the police immediately for medical assistance if anyone is injured at the scene.
  • Vehicle damage exceeds $1,000. It doesn’t take much of an impact to exceed $1,000 in damage, especially with late model vehicles. If this is the case, you should call the police from the scene to report the accident immediately.

File Your Own Police Report

It’s best to call the police while your memory of the incident is still fresh. The police department may decline to respond to a minor accident scene if there are no injuries, but it’s still a good idea to make the call and let them decide. If the police should decline to respond, you can file your own police report. An official police document will be an asset for the following reasons:

  • Future liability. Even if you’re in agreement with the other driver regarding the cause of the accident, you can’t be certain that his opinion won’t change over time. A police report can be very helpful in the event of future litigation.
  • Facilitating a settlement. A police report can expedite the process of filing an insurance claim.

You Need an Attorney

If you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, contact the Cain Law Firm by using the form on this page.