Being involved in a car accident can have varying outcomes. For some, a minor fender-bender can be just a frustrating inconvenience, and for others, a serious accident could have life-changing outcomes. In any case, it is important to alert the proper authorities after a crash.
In some cases, like a fender-bender, drivers may not think it is necessary to call the police. Of course, if you have never been in an accident before, you may not know whether calling authorities is the right move. In most cases, it is best to call emergency services just to be safe.
When should you call?
As mentioned, it is typically best to be on the safe side and call 911 after any type of car accident. However, it is particularly true that you need to call authorities in the event that you, a loved one or someone in another vehicle suffered injuries in the crash. Emergency medical personnel can come to the scene to assess the injuries and transport the injured parties to the hospital if necessary.
Additionally, if you believe that more than $1,000 worth of damage has occurred to your vehicle, calling the police is wise. You may not feel confident in your ability to estimate whether that much damage has occurred, but you may want to keep in mind that $1,000 can add up quickly when it comes to vehicle damage. Again, calling the police as a precaution is a smart move.
Is the other driver saying not to call?
In some cases, another driver, especially one who committed a violation, and is likely at fault for the accident, may try to convince you that calling the police is not necessary. No matter how convincing the other party tries to be, you should call the police. You could end up in a difficult situation if you do not call and the other party later attempts to change his or her story about how the accident occurred.
Erring on the side of caution is always prudent after a car accident. Even if you do not show immediate injuries after a crash, delayed symptoms could appear later, and you may end up needing to file a personal injury claim for the resulting damages. Calling Ohio police immediately after a crash could ensure that they make a police report about the incident that could provide important information you may need later.