If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you have to do is take care of your health, as well as that of any of your passengers. In the event of an injury, there is nothing more important than contacting an ambulance. This can be the difference between receiving treatment and avoiding long term complications, as well as a situation that takes a turn for the worse.
Many people are under the impression that police always show up at the scene of an accident. While this happens sometimes, it is not always the case.
Here are some of the reasons the police may neglect to visit an accident scene:
— Nobody is injured. If there are no injuries, police may not consider it a priority.
— They are unaware of the accident. To ensure this does not happen, contact police on your own if you are able to do so.
— Minor property damage. If the accident damage is considered minor, police may not be required to file a report.
— Weather conditions. In extreme weather, such as severe snow, police may not be able to make their way to the scene.
It would be in your best interest to have police on the scene after a motor vehicle accident. This ensures that they create a report that you can use later on, such as when filing an insurance claim.
If police do not arrive shortly after the accident and you feel it is necessary for them to create a report, don’t hesitate to contact them. This could make it easier for you to receive compensation down the road.