Should I File a Police Report After an Accident?

On average, a driver in the U.S. will encounter 4 accidents in their, meaning there’s a chance you would experience one every 18 years. Hopefully, the first crash you encountered was not deadly. Nevertheless, whether the vehicular accident was serious or not, it is still a traumatic moment for you. You could have injured someone else or damaged a property. It’s no secret that accidents would be tantamount to costly repairs.

So, today, to avoid future complications and confusion about car crashes, I will discuss on whether or not you file a police report. Moreover, I will also add how police reports work.

According to the law…

I guess your first question would, “When?” and that’s not easy to answer because different states have different rules regarding accidents. For instance, in Massachusetts, motorists are required to file a report if someone sustained an injury or if a property was damaged. The damages should be more than $1,000 for you to need a police report. police car at street

Meanwhile, in Alabama, a police report is a must if the accident led to the death of a passenger or a passerby. Moreover, the injury and damage to property should amount to $250.  That is why it’s important for you to know what the law indicates for your own home state.  You should know the laws of the state you are residing in.

Regardless of where you live, the best thing to do is file a police report no matter how small the damages are.

The situation may not “need” a police report.

Not all instances calls for a police report…

When everyone thought everything is settled, things take a wrong turn after a day or two. Initially, you may think that a police report is necessary, but there’s no guarantee. Later on, you would be surprised that you are being sued for injury or damage to property.

At the scene of the accident, the police can attest to what really happened. That’s why, whether if you have or have not caused any damage, it is best to call the police. Then, they can do the investigation themselves, and assess on who got injured, what got damaged, and so on.

If you don’t call the police, it is your word against theirs, and this can come back to haunt you. So, in a case of an accident, document the evidence and record everything. It will be helpful when the need rises. Whether the police is involved or not, you should do your part on taking pictures at the scene of the accident.

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