Many people wonder if they should call the police after an automobile accident, especially if they have only minor damage. Many people hesitate to call the police after an accident because they don’t want their rates to go up. Generally speaking, the answer is yes. If someone tells you “they don’t want it on their car insurance”, you should still call the police. After, you can call your favorite personal injury law firm, but first you should call the police.
If you are concerned about calling the police because they have stated that you shouldn’t call unless something is serious, you can consider calling a lawyer first, but you should still call the police if there is any sort of serious injury. In short, when in doubt, call the police. You can call them on the non-emergency line instead of 911, if that makes it easier for you.
You should make sure everyone is safe and the car is by the side of the road, if possible. If someone is in immediate danger, you should call 911 and not the non-emergency number.
What to Do If the other Party Refuses To Call The Police
* Call the police. Do not allow them to talk you out of calling. If they insist on not calling the police, get their details and call anyway. If you discover more damage after you agree not to call it may be more difficult to get your insurance to cover the accident.
* Get their license plate and other information if at all possible, in case they decide to flee the scene when the police arrive.
* Do not agree at any point to “simply not call the police.” If they continue to insist, that’s when you should do it. If they are pressuring you about not calling the police, step away for a minute, and call the police.
What Should You Tell the Police When They Come To the Scene?
* Your side of the story. Give them your information and be accurate about what happened. Do not, at any point, lie to the police. If you do not feel comfortable because you believe you may have been at fault, call your lawyer immediately after calling the police. Even if you aren’t comfortable talking to the police without your lawyer present, you should always be polite.
* If you are in pain or you need an ambulance. You may be asked to go in an ambulance if you have any injuries, especially if you have a neck injury. Neck and back injuries are the most serious injuries so it’s important to take care of them right away. Even if it’s minor you should still go in.
* Any answers to their questions. Answer fully, and honestly. Ask for a copy of the police report, as if you enlist a lawyer on a personal injury claim, they may wish to see a copy. This article details what else you may need to do in the event of an accident.
If You’ve Been Injured, Go To The Hospital
If you’ve been seriously injured, go to the hospital. Your personal injury lawyer will likely ask if you’ve been to the hospital, and they’ll want you records. This will help you with your case.
Don’t put off going to the hospital. If you are sick or injured, you should go to the hospital right away. If you already have a personal injury attorney you can consult them on whether or not you have a case. Making sure to talk to your personal injury law firm right away can help you speed up a case.
Should You Get a Lawyer?
In most cases, claims can be settled easily with your insurance company. However, when your insurance doesn’t want to pay out or when another insurance company is being difficult to deal with, you may wish to get a lawyer. If you have a personal injury, it may be very worthwhile to work with a lawyer due to the nature of the case.
When in doubt, call the police. If you’re nervous about calling 911, you can call them on their non-emergency line, but it’s still a good idea to call. Do not let someone talk you into not calling the police or offer you a settlement for not calling the police.
If you were personally injured in an automobile wreck, you may be entitled to compensation, but you’ll want experienced lawyers to handle your case. These cases can be tricky and some can drag on for years.