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When do you need to call the police for a car crash?

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2023 | Car Accidents

A crash can happen in seconds and leave you little time to act. That can make navigating the aftermath of a car crash challenging. However, the quicker drivers can act, they have a better chance of building a solid case for themselves if they get injured.

One of the most important things drivers can do is call the police immediately.

It can take some of the work off your shoulders

Having a third party like the police arrive at the scene, collect evidence from the crash, and obtain witness statements is crucial in helping you recall what happened, especially if you’re hurt. If you need to file a personal injury claim, you can use the evidence and statements police gather to help pursue a personal injury claim with your attorney.

When calling authorities is especially necessary

Many cities in Georgia and many insurers require that you call the police after an accident. However, it is absolutely crucial to do so when:

  • One or more people died or suffered injuries.
  • There is property damage.
  • The other driver fled the scene of the crash.
  • One of the drivers doesn’t have insurance.
  • You believe the driver who hit you was under the influence.

It’s also vital to call for other emergency services, including the fire department and paramedics. Both can provide emergency medical care if one or more people are severely injured.

Having the right support is important

No one wants to get in a car crash. But if you do, knowing who to call and how to manage the situation can help you significantly. If you were in a crash and discover you suffered a significant injury, it’s important you seek appropriate medical care and collect evidence gathered by law enforcement to help support your injury claim.