The Aftermath Of A Car Wreck With Injuries
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In The Aftermath Of A Car Wreck With Injuries, Should You Always Call The Police Regardless Of The Damage And The Injuries That Were Sustained?
Under Florida law, you have an obligation to report accidents. Often people get around this requirement by exchanging information at the scene. In many scenarios, this exchange will suffice, but you don’t know what information you need to get. You should call law enforcement.
The truth is, often law enforcement do not want to respond to car accidents. It takes time away from all the other things law enforcement is required to do. At the very least, you need the record of the accident to proceed with your claim.
If you don’t call, the insurance company acts like the accident never happened. How do you know the person that hit you is going to be honest with their insurance company? There are no guarantees without a police report. Without a report, they can take the position that you caused the accident in whole or in part. All this can be easily avoided by making that simple call.
You might have to wait 30 or 40 minutes for law enforcement to arrive. Making the call takes time out of your day. The time is well worth it four to five months later when you’re not having to argue with an insurance company whether or not you caused the accident that actually the victim of. No matter how big or small the accident seems, you should always call.
Should You Ever Speak With The Other Party At The Scene Of The Accident And If So, What Information Is Safe To Share?
You should definitely speak with the other side after an accident. Often, these communications at the scene where someone says, I didn’t see you, or, I was on my phone are important conversations later in the case. When we’re looking at an accident that happened six months to a year earlier, it’s important to understand who the person was.
If it appears it’s going to be a hostile communication environment, then don’t speak with the other side. It is perfectly fine to wait in your car for law enforcement. I prefer when my clients have law enforcement take care of collecting the necessary information. Law enforcement requires the person to handover insurance and driver’s license details and check out the car. There’s no guarantee you’re going to get accurate information if you’re just out there talking to the other driver.