What to Expect When Calling a Police Officer to the Scene of a Car Accident

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When involved in a car accident, it is important to contact the police to obtain a police report. If you have never been involved in a car accident, however, you may be a bit uneasy about what to expect when contacting the police. As such, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of what the police do at the scene of a car accident. In this way, you can help to make a stressful situation just a little more bearable.

When a police officer comes to the scene of an accident, the main goal is to record the basic information about the accident while ensuring the safety of the public. To do so, the officer will first need to make sure the area is secure and safe for traffic as well as for all people involved in the accident. This may involve calling emergency services, such as calling in the fire department or an ambulance, to assist with the matter. The officer will then speak to any witnesses or third parties involved in the accident while also evaluating the situation. In addition to preparing a report that you can later file with your insurance and use in court if necessary, the police officer may issue citations if there were any violations or negligence involved with the accident.

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Before the officer leaves, be sure to obtain his or her contact information so you can follow up after the report has been filed. If you remember any additional details after it has been filed, you can contact that officer to include the additional information in the report. Providing as many details as possible will help you later when filing a claim with your insurance.

Unfortunately, being involved in a car accident often results in personal injury. If you have been injured, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab to help.