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Who should I report my car accident to?

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

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Getting in an auto accident can be a nerve-wracking experience. Knowing the right steps to take after such an incident can ensure your safety and protect your rights.

One of the most important actions to take is reporting the car accident to the correct authorities. Keeping this information in mind ahead of time can help you stay calm in an otherwise stressful time.

Law enforcement

As soon as the accident occurs, contact the police and have them come to the scene. This helps create an official record of the incident. The police will assess the situation, talk to the involved parties and witnesses and file a report detailing their findings. This report is important for insurance claims and legal matters.

Medical professionals

If you or anyone else sustains injuries in the accident, seek medical attention immediately. Not only is this necessary for guaranteeing your health but it can also be beneficial for any insurance claims related to medical expenses resulting from the accident.

Your insurance company

Your insurance provider needs to know about the incident as soon as possible, even if you are not at fault. They will guide you through the claims process and provide you with the necessary information to proceed. When you contact your insurance company, be mindful of details about the accident such as the location, date and description of what happened.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there are usually 5 to 6 million police-reported crashes in the United States every year. With car accidents being so common, you should know exactly who to contact in the moments after a crash happens.

Experienced injury attorney

Handling a personal injury claim with an insurance company is complicated. You deserve to get the compensation you need to pay for the pain, suffering, wage loss, and future medical costs you might have to endure. Having a injury lawyer represent you after a car accident can help protect your rights.