You never know if you’ll be part of a car accident, so you need to prepare for anything and everything that could go wrong when you get behind the wheel.
In the event of a crash, it’s common to have a variety of questions, such as whether or not you should call the police.
While you have some freedom in regards to what to do, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Calling 911 is the best way to ensure that the police and an ambulance arrive at the scene in a timely manner.
Here are some times when you absolutely need to call the police:
- When one or more person suffers an injury: you want the police to visit the scene, create a report and help ensure that everyone receives the right care.
- When there is extensive damage: if you have reason to believe there is extensive damage to your vehicle, it’s much better to call the police than to simply exchange information and leave the scene.
If you’re unsure of what to do next, call 911 and let the dispatcher guide you. They’ll let you know if you need emergency help.
Did the other person commit a violation?
If the other person committed any type of traffic violation, such as texting or driving under the influence of alcohol, you want to call the police to the scene. This will help you prove that the other person was responsible for the accident, thus allowing you to more easily receive compensation in the future.
You have the right to call the police after a car accident. From there, you can consult with your insurance agent and take any steps necessary in receiving compensation for your injuries and other damages.