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I was involved in an automobile accident. Should I call the police?​


Apr 7, 2017

If you are still at the scene of the accident, you should call the police (911) immediately. If someone is badly injured, you should request an ambulance. Your first concern should be to get medical attention right away. You can also call us at (888) 888-9285 day or night and we will walk you through all the necessary steps for free. You need to call the police because they are an independent third party that will investigate the cause of the accident. Insurance companies rely on police reports to make decisions about who was at fault. You should also obtain witness information. If anyone is nearby who observed the accident, get his or her name, address, and phone number. Remember, people want to leave the scene of the accident, so try to get their information as soon as possible. Get the other driver’s information, including name, address, phone number, insurance information, vehicle information and license plate number, and take a photo of the registration or write down the name and address of the registered owner. You should preserve evidence of the accident. Take photos of the vehicles involved in the accident and photos of your injuries. Shortly after the accident, it is wise to speak with a lawyer about your options. Your lawyer needs to take immediate action and follow specific procedures to protect your legal rights. At West Coast Trial Lawyers, we provide FREE, no-risk consultations to injured people and their families. Depending on your case, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries, past medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If the other driver’s insurance company calls (and they will) asking for a statement, do not give them one. You are not obligated to.