After a car crash, calling the police and requesting an officer at the scene is one of the most important things you can do. It doesn’t matter if you’re involved in a fender bender or a severe crash; you should call for police assistance as soon as you are able. Many don’t realize it, but there’s a very good reason why you need a police report immediately after a crash.
How Does a Police Report Help?
A police report creates a paper trail proving a crash occurred and who was involved. It includes the names, contact information, and insurance information of every driver involved and often includes statements from both drivers.
If there are any witnesses nearby after the crash, ask if they’d stay and provide a statement once the police arrive. These statements can be critical when determining who was at fault for the crash.
What Do You Say to the Police?
You may experience some nervousness when the police arrive. That’s normal. You should expect that they’re going to ask for your license, proof of insurance, and a statement about the crash.
When making a statement for the police report, stay calm and stick to the facts. The more you say, the greater the odds that the other driver’s insurance company will use your words against you. Explain how the crash happened as you perceive it, avoiding adjectives and opinions when possible.
What f Police Do Not Arrive?
Sometimes the police are overwhelmed and can’t dispatch someone to the scene of the crash. If you’re waiting at the crash site for a long time and don’t believe police are coming, you may need to file a report online and then deliver a signed copy to Police Headquarters.
After the crash, you have some time to file a report, so if the police don’t show up, stay calm. In this situation, you may wish to consult your attorney to determine the most effective way of writing your report.
If you or someone you love suffered severe injuries in a car crash, we are here for you. If you’d like to schedule a free case consultation with an experienced Columbus car accident lawyer from Ross, Midian & Breitmayer, LLC, please don’t hesitate to call (614) 450-2223 or send us an email.