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Should you call the police after a car accident?

After an accident, emotions can run high, and it can be difficult to know what you should do. You may want to avoid involving the police or the other driver may ask you to not call them.

However, in general, you should call the police after a car accident. While it is not always legally required to call, there are a number of benefits to calling law enforcement after a crash, including:

  • The officer will create a record of what happened: Without a police report, any facts about your accident may be lost, and the other driver could change their story later. By calling the police, you can ensure there is a record by a neutral third party about what happened before time passes and memories fade.
  • You can avoid penalties: If anyone was injured in the accident or if there was a fatality, New York law requires you to contact the police. Additionally, if there was more than $1,001 in property damage, the DMV requires you to submit a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident within 10 days of the accident. Failure to comply could result in the loss of your license.
  • You can get the help you need: A police officer can make sure everyone remains calm, and he or she can call for an ambulance to help anyone who is injured.

By calling the police after an accident, you can ensure that your rights are protected and that all evidence is collected after the crash. This can help you if you were injured in the accident and wish to bring a personal injury claim in the future. An attorney can help you determine if you have a claim, assist you with handling insurance issues and represent your interests in court.

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