You and many other Florida residents or visitors may feel shaken after a car accident. It can certainly feel overwhelming, and numerous thoughts and concerns may immediately flood your mind. You may wonder what you will do about your vehicle and how the accident will affect your future. You may also feel pain from resulting injuries and worry about their severity. You may also feel uncertain about properly handling the situation overall.
In particular, you may wonder whether calling the police is necessary after a car accident. In some cases, you and others may not think it is necessary because the incident was a minor fender-bender. However, it is often better to call emergency services just to be safe.
Calling the police
After a crash, if any injuries occurred, whether to you or someone else, calling the police is necessary. Emergency services can dispatch medical personnel to the scene to assess the injuries and transport the parties to the hospital if necessary. Additionally, if the damage to your vehicle or the other vehicle exceeds $1,000, calling the police is typically also wise.
If you feel unsure whether calling the police is the right step, you can call 911 and describe your situation to the dispatcher. He or she can then determine whether sending police to your location is needed.
Is someone discouraging you from calling?
In some cases, if another person involved committed a violation that led to the accident, he or she may try to discourage you from calling the police. The other driver may try to downplay the damage of the vehicle or say that he or she will pay you for the resulting damages without having to involve the authorities. Regardless, you should call the police. This type of situation is not the time to take the word of another person, no matter how honest he or she seems.
Police coming to the scene can also ensure that someone creates a police report for the accident. You may need the report for your insurance claim or other actions that need taking after the incident. In the event that you suffered serious injuries in the crash, you will need the information from the police report when filing a personal injury claim if you believe that taking legal action in order to seek compensation suits your circumstances.