Reporting a car accident to the police would seem to be something you should do automatically. However, there are some instances where you might not need to do so. Whether or not you need to file a report depends on several different factors.
Factors That Determine Whether Reporting a Car Accident to the Police Is Necessary
Thankfully, the majority of car wrecks are nothing more than minor “fender benders” that result in only slight-to-moderate property damage and no injuries. However, if that damage is major (typically anything more than $1,000 or $2,500) or any type of injury has occurred, then reporting a car accident to the police will be mandatory.
The first thing you need to do if you have been involved in a car accident is to exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. If, however, the other motorist is either uncooperative or does not have insurance, then you will need to contact your local law enforcement agency and report the accident.
There are some instances where the other driver might be cooperative, but there is an honest dispute as to the cause of the accident. This is another case where reporting a car accident to the police is a good idea. An officer will be dispatched to investigate the accident and interview witnesses and other drivers.
Contact KBG Injury Law
Even if you feel fine after a car wreck, reporting a car accident to the police will always be a good idea. The reason is you might actually have an injury that can take a long time to develop, such as whiplash. If you do not immediately report the accident and then get an examination from a doctor, you might have a difficult time obtaining compensation for any potential medical expenses. The professionals with KBG Injury Law can help if you have been involved in a vehicular accident. Please call 717-848-3838 or contact us online.