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Should I Call the Police if I am Involved in an Auto Accident?

When you're in a car accident, you're immediately not thinking clearly, regardless of the extent of your injuries. Even a minor accident can seem to be much worse than it really was at that moment, and it's difficult to know exactly what you should do.

You may be wondering about the answer to one question almost everyone has: Should I call the police if I am involved in an auto accident? The answer is, yes you should. Let's talk about why for a few minutes.

Most insurance companies require that a police report is filed following any type of car accident. Even if the accident was a minor one, and any damage that has been done isn't readily visible to you right away, it's important for you to have a police report on file.

Also, you don't always know whether or not you are physically injured right away. If you feel fine after the accident, you probably won't worry about calling an ambulance to have a team of paramedics check you out at the scene of the accident. However, more than one person has felt stiffness in their neck or an ache in their back in the days, or even weeks following an accident. If you do need to get medical attention, you'll want to have that police report on file to ensure that your medical bills get paid.

Getting into an accident is enough to cause even the most level-headed person to lose focus and admit fault, even when the accident was clearly not their fault. When you contact the police, be sure you let them do their job and gather the proper information, but avoid admitting fault. Give yourself some time to relax, and give your adrenaline a chance to slow down. After all, you've been in an accident. You need a little while to get your mind clear again.

Of course, once you notify the police about your accident, it's important for you to contact your Martin County personal injury attorney to discuss your rights as soon as possible.

If you or someone you love has been in an accident, you should contact an attorney immediately to discuss your injuries and your options. For more information, contact us today.