Whether you were involved in a three-car pile-up or a minor fender bender, ensuring you call the police to the accident scene is essential. However, in more minor instances, you may wonder if it’s really necessary to use this resource. Not only is it required by law in Pennsylvania if there is an injury, death, or damage to the vehicles that prevent them from driving away, but it can also help if you want to pursue compensation for any injuries you’ve sustained. You’ll want to continue reading to learn why this is necessary and discover how car accident attorneys can help you receive the justice you’re entitled to.
Do I really need to call the police after an accident?
If you are involved in an accident resulting in an injury, it is Pennsylvania law that you must call emergency services to the accident scene. In some cases, a driver may not realize they sustained an injury until a day or two after the collision. As such, you have up to five days to report the crash to the police. However, to avoid delays or errors in the report, you should call the police regardless.
This is required for several reasons. When the police arrive at an accident, they can redirect traffic to prevent additional collisions while allowing the drivers involved and witnesses to safely speak with the police. This allows the police to investigate without the risk of other motorists causing extra harm.
Also, a police presence ensures that you will receive medical care, as they are trained in basic first aid to help until the emergency medical technicians can arrive to further assess and treat injuries.
Finally, the police can investigate the accident and compile a report. This police report is vital if you want to pursue legal action. Be sure to get the name and badge number of the officer creating the record to obtain a copy later.
What should I do if I want to pursue legal action?
If you were injured and incurred high medical bills and property damage as the result of a negligent driver, it’s vital to get in contact with an attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, car accidents can be complicated legal matters that are challenging to navigate without the assistance of someone familiar with legal proceedings.
You’ll need to gather all the information regarding your accident, including medical records, photos and videos of the damage to the vehicles, contact information for witnesses, and the police report.
When you’re hurt, Friedman Schuman can help. Our dedicated firm will fight on your behalf to help achieve the best possible outcome for your circumstances. We understand how devastating car accidents can be, so we will work tirelessly to help you. Contact us today to connect with a member of our legal team.