Should You Call 911 After a Car Accident?
Many people ask us whether they should contact 911 after a car accident. Our answer is always yes. There are two primary reasons why.
The Police Will Come
You actually want the police at the scene of every car accident. Once they are called, they will issue a police report from the accident. While this is not admissible as evidence if your case goes to trial, here is how the police report could be used:
- The insurance company will review the police report when determining liability.
- If the other driver has violated the law, it can be evidence of negligence.
- The police report may identify witnesses who could be called to testify at trial.
In addition, you want the police on the scene, especially if the tensions are high between the two drivers. They can direct emergency vehicles and ensure that medical care arrives.
You Will Get Medical Treatment
Receiving medical treatment at the scene of the accident is better both for your health and your legal claim. Some car accident injuries are not immediately apparent at first, especially when you are dealing with traumatic brain injuries.
Further, prompt treatment also denies the insurance company an opening to challenge your injuries as being from something else. The more time passes after your injury, the more they may question you. Calling 911 will send treatment at the scene, and it could strengthen your claim.
It is better to let medical professionals make the call about whether you are free to go home or need to be taken to the hospital. You should always err on the side of caution.
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