Depending on the different state laws, the circumstances under which you need to file a police report after an accident differe. In most states, it is required to file a police report if someone was injured or killed, or if the property damage is above a certain amount. In compliance with the California Vehicle Code section 20008, you are only required to report an accident to the California Highway Patrol or the police department when the collision contributes to a death or injury.
When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, they will create an official accident report, which can strengthen your case when it comes to proving fault and filing an insurance claim. Alerting the authorities at the scene of an accident can help prove the negligence of another driver, the city, or outside circumstances that affected the accident. Having the official police report will also strengthen your insurance claim. Having a strong insurance claim is important especially when it comes to receiving coverage for personal injuries.
Without a doubt, you should absolutely call the police if:
- You are part of a Hit and Run accident
- You or anyone else has been injured
- You suspect the driver is drunk, over-tired, or under the influence of any legal or illegal drugs
- The driver is aggressive, uncooperative, or flat out refuses to share their insurance information with you