Everyone should have a good idea of what to do following a car accident (e.g. get medical help, exchange contact information with the other driver, document the scene of the accident, etc.). Under certain situations, you are required by law to contact the police and file a police report.
The following circumstances require the presence of law enforcement:
- When there is a personal injury – If you or someone else is hurt, you must contact the police immediately for medical assistance. Even if you only request an ambulance, the dispatcher will also notify law enforcement.
- When damages exceed $1,000 – Before contacting law enforcement, you need to determine the extent of the property damage. If the amount of damage totals over $1,000, the police should be called to file a report. If the damage is nothing more than a small dent or scratch, refrain from calling the authorities.
- When the other driver attempts to flee the scene – In regard to dealing with insurance later and protecting your rights, call the police if the other driver decides to drive away without giving you the necessary information. Also if the driver looks to be under the influence or confrontational in any manner, call the authorities.
Having a police officer at the scene of the crash will expedite the exchange of information between the parties involved. If you’re not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, it is wise to call 911 and let the call-taker determine whether you require emergency assistance.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Oklahoma City, request a free consultation with the Law Offices of Dan Davis today.