You’re driving along the road, minding your own business, when suddenly you hear a loud crash. You look in your rearview mirror and see another car smashed into your bumper. You pull over to the side and get out of your car. The other driver gets out too and apologizes profusely. He says he was distracted by his phone and didn’t see you stop. He says he’s fine and his car is only slightly damaged. He suggests that you exchange information and settle the matter privately, without involving the police or the insurance companies. He says it will save you both time and trouble. He seems sincere and trustworthy. If you’re tempted to agree with him and skip calling the police, think again. This can be a big mistake that can jeopardize your legal rights and your chances of getting fair compensation for your injuries and losses. Calling the police after an accident, regardless of how minor it may seem, is one of the most important steps you can take to protect yourself and your future. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned New York City personal injury lawyer from the Law Office of Richard M. Kenny to learn more about why you need to call the police after an accident and how our firm can help if you’ve been wrongfully injured.
Why You Need to Call the Police After a Car Accident
- It will ensure emergency medical services are sent to the scene. Even if you don’t feel immediately injured, you should seek medical attention, and calling the police after your car accident is the best way to get it. Often, injuries will take hours, or even days to reveal themselves, so it’s important to be proactive and get medical treatment immediately.
- It will document the facts of the accident. When the police arrive, they will write up an accident report. This report will establish the facts of your accident, including how it occurred and who is liable, and can be used to establish liability in a future personal injury claim.
- It protects you from fraud. Often, after a car accident, the person responsible will try and deflect the blame onto the victim. This is unacceptable, but it happens quite frequently. That said, having a police report filed can prevent any attempts to change the story or place the blame on you.
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