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Should You Call the Police After a Minor Accident?

By Pottroff & Karlin LLC |

Making the decision to involve the police in minor accidents can be challenging, with legal and safety implications at stake. At Pottroff & Karlin LLC, our car accident attorneys offer expert advice on navigating these situations. Understanding the correct procedure is essential. Here’s what you need to know about when to involve the police in minor accidents.

The Importance of Documenting an Accident

Thorough documentation is vital in minor accidents, akin to precision in train accident cases. Ensure everyone’s safety by calling the police, regardless of the incident’s severity, to create an official record crucial for legal and insurance purposes. Exchange information with the other driver, take photos of the scene and damages, and promptly file a claim with your insurance company using the gathered information and police report.

When to Involve the Police in Minor Accidents

In case you are wondering whether you should call the police after a minor accident or not, here are several reasons:

  • Safety and Legal Compliance: Police involvement in minor accidents is crucial when there are injuries, traffic obstruction, or ambiguity about the accident’s cause. In some areas, legal mandates require police reporting for any vehicular accident, regardless of its severity.
  • Clarity in Responsibility: In accidents where the cause or fault is not immediately clear, police can objectively assess the situation, contributing to a fair determination of responsibility. This is essential for resolving potential legal or insurance disputes.
  • Documentation for Minor Incidents: In incidents with negligible damage and no injuries, where all parties agree on the accident’s details, calling the police may not be necessary. However, it’s important to exchange contact and insurance information and document the accident scene for your records. This self-documentation should include photos and notes on the accident, ensuring all details are recorded in case of future disputes or insurance claims.

Navigating Post-Accident Procedures

Seeking legal advice after an accident, particularly in uncertain or disputed cases, is crucial. Police reports and legal counsel play significant roles in influencing insurance claims and determining liability. At Pottroff & Karlin LLC, we emphasize involving the police based on safety, legal requirements, and incident severity, offering expert post-accident management.

Consult with Pottroff & Karlin LLC

Understanding whether to involve the police after a minor accident is pivotal, impacting legal and insurance outcomes. Seeking legal counsel ensures effective post-accident navigation. Our car accident lawyers provide expertise in accident-related legal matters. Contact us through our online form for guidance. Our expertise ensures informed decisions for your legal and safety concerns.


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