After a car accident, you are required to report your accident to the police. The officer might arrive at the scene of the accident and fill out a police report, but this won't necessarily happen. The police might tell you that you can leave the scene of the accident or might simply not show up.
Exchange Contact Information
While you are waiting for the police officer to arrive, you should exchange contact information with the other motorist. You should only avoid interacting with the motorist if they seem agitated and you're concerned about a potentially dangerous confrontation.
If you're able to do so safely, take photographs of the scene of the accident. Take pictures of the damage done to your car and the other vehicle. Take pictures that show the road conditions. Also, if you are injured, take photographs of your injuries.
Talk to Witnesses
It's also a good idea to speak to any witnesses who saw the accident. However, don't travel too far because you won't want to appear as if you are leaving the scene of the accident. Doing so may lead to you being accused of a hit-and-run.
File a Police Report
Even though the police didn't visit the scene of the accident, you are still allowed to file a police report. It's a good idea to file a police report because it will contain details that can then be used to support your version of the events if you find yourself in a legal battle with the other motorist. Also, depending on the state in which you reside, if the damages are very high, you might be required by law to file a police report.
Talk to a Car Accident Lawyer
With or without a police report, you will be able to build a solid case for why you should receive compensation if you contact an auto accident attorney after your car accident. Car accident attorneys are trained to look at a car accident and determine which party is the most likely to be considered at fault.
Even if you believe you're at fault for the accident, it's important to speak with an attorney. You might not actually have caused the accident because there may be other factors at play. Even if you are partially at fault, an auto accident attorney can help you build a case for why the other party is partially at fault.
To learn more, contact a car accident law firm in your area such as Cormany Law.