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After a Car Accident, Should You Always Call Law Enforcement?

If you have been involved in a car accident, what is the first thing that you think of? Many people might think of aspects like calling their insurance or speaking with an attorney before all else. However, before you do anything, you should always call law enforcement officials to the scene of your accident. They will be able to assess the scene and ensure that everybody is safe, as well as make a police report that can be helpful to you. But do you always have to call the police to the scene of your accident?


Are Police Vital Following an Accident?


In most states, it is not required to call the police following a minor fender-bender where you have stopped and exchanged information. However, in the event of most car accidents, you should always call law enforcement to the scene because you never know the adverse turn these events can take. When a car accident is especially severe and you can tell that there are thousands in damages, or you or the other parties involved have received traumatic injuries that will have a huge impact on your life, police will be able to help you.


Officers can offer a wide variety of services to you so that you don't feel as if you have no rights following your accident. These include providing emergency medical care or accident-641456_1920.jpgensuring that you make it safely to the hospital, protecting the accident scene, and documenting the potential cause of the accident. When they construct the police report, they are not only doing this as a way to capture the accident in time but also to give you a report that might show fault. In doing so, you can use this police report to receive compensation through settlement or trial, because it will clearly list the reasons for the accident. This is incredibly valuable to your recovery.


Some of the things that you might be able to do on your own that could significantly help police include assessing the situation in full, determining if anybody has been injured, getting the names and contact information of anyone involved, and watching what you say to anybody at the accident scene so that you don't jeopardize your case for later. When the officer arrives at the scene of your accident, make sure that you only speak with them about the specifics of your accident and don't stray from these facts. Be careful of what you say because any statement you make could end up on the police report, which can affect your claim down the road.


Moving Forward with Your Claim


After an accident, if you have sustained injuries, it is always wise to speak to police about your case. One of the mistakes that many people make is to go without medical treatment, writing off their injuries as ones that are 'not as bad as they seem.' However, as time goes on and the injury progresses, many people wish that they would have received help during this difficult time because now they are struggling with aggravated injuries and have very little time to bring a claim.


We want to help you from the very start when it comes to your claim. At the Selarz Law Corp., we want to stand by your side when it comes to helping you receive the claim that works for you. You have rights and we can help. Call us for more information at 310-651-8685 for more information.

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