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When to Call Police in a Car Accident

When to Call Police in a Car AccidentWhile it may be obvious to call the police in a car accident that results in obvious damage or injury, there are times when you may question whether or not to call for law enforcement assistance in accidents with no obvious damage or injuries. For those who are wondering when to call police in case of a car accident, the answer is always.

The police can help re-route traffic and sort things out by making written documentation that your insurance company will need if you decide to file a claim. Law enforcement personnel can help to determine legal liability by deciding which driver caused the accident. Law enforcement personnel can also help to determine if medical assistance may be necessary, even if the vehicle occupants don't think they are seriously injured.

While police in larger areas may not respond to very minor accidents, they will typically tell you to exchange pertinent information with the other driver. Make note of the date, time, and name of the police officer you spoke with in addition to the other driver's information in case you need to later file a claim for insurance. The other driver's name, address, insurance information, and license plate number can all help in a future claim.

If you have been involved in a car accident, it can help to consult with a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to understand your rights to receive compensation for vehicle damage and personal injuries.

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