• Mar
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Should You Always Call the Police After a Car Accident?

    Getting into a car accident is an extremely upsetting experience. Even if it’s just a fender bender, your adrenaline surges, your heart rate elevates, you think about all of the ways that things could have been worse: bottom line is that it’s easy to get flustered and forget everything you know about the steps you should be following. One of the first things people question is whether or not they should call the police after an accident. To help answer that and many other questions, we’re happy to provide this list of smart steps from the Insurance Information Institute. Using these as a guide will help you ensure that you’ve done the right thing for everybody involved.

    • Take care of yourself and your passengers first. If you’re badly hurt, don’t move. Call for emergency personnel or ask somebody else to do it for you.
    • Get out of the way. Car accidents frequently occur in the middle of roadways, leaving drivers and passengers vulnerable to further harm. If you can move your car to the side of the road, do so. If you can’t, turn off the engine, put flares around the accident to warn other drivers. One way or another, get yourself to a safer spot.
    • Call 911, whether your accident is major or minor. Having the police review the scene and complete an accident report will help everybody involved. If the police are not available to come to the scene of the accident, go to the police station yourself and file a report. That way you will have documentation if you need to submit a claim to your insurance company.
    • Exchange all pertinent information with any other drivers involved in the accident. This includes getting their name and contact information; their insurance company and policy number; the type, color and model of their vehicle as well as their driver’s license and license plate number. You should also document the scene of the accident, taking photos of all damage and any environmental conditions that may have contributed to the incident. If there are bystanders or witnesses, get their contact information too.
    • Get the names of all police officers who report to the accident, including their badge number and their station so that you can follow up to get a copy of the accident report or provide their contact information to your insurance company.
    • If you have sustained damage or have suffered an injury, notify your insurance company.

    If you find that your insurance company is not cooperative or you have suffered an injury in a car accident, you should also take the time to contact an experienced car accident attorney to learn about your rights and the compensation that you may be eligible for. For more information, contact our office today.

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