Protecting Your Interests by Calling the Police Following a Car Accident

Should I call the police after a car accident?

The short answer is yes – you should call the police.  Some people believe they should not involve the police in a minor car crash, particularly if no one appears to be injured.  Regardless of whether there appear to be injuries, people should always contact the police.  Once the accident occurs, you should check yourself and anyone else in the car for injuries.  Even if you do not feel injured immediately after the accident, you should pay attention to your body in the days following the collision.  Often people do not feel pain until hours or days after the auto collision.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVE?

When the police arrive at the scene of an accident, they will conduct a field investigation.  The police will talk to the drivers and passengers involved in the collision.  They will also talk to any witness if there is any doubt about who caused the collision.  The police will also assess any property damage.  Based on their investigation, the police will write a crash report, which attempts to objectively document any apparent injuries and who is liable for the car wreck.  These reports also play an important role in establishing liability in an injured person’s personal injury claim.  After an accident, insurance companies will conduct their own investigation.  When an injured person has documented that they called the police for help, it can only help their insurance claim.  If the person needs additional treatment, the police report may also provide proof that the car wreck was the initial causes of their injuries.

CONTACT ANCHORAGE AREA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER

If you have been injured in an auto collision, you should contact a personal injury lawyer before speaking with an insurance adjuster.  Car accidents can cause a variety of injuries, including neck and back injuries.  Contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden at 907-771-9002 for a free consultation.  You can also visit our personal injury page, car accident page, and our Blog for more information.

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