Automobile accidents can leave even the calmest driver shaken. You are just trying to process what happened and calm your nerves. Often this can cloud your judgement and jeopardize any future legal actions if needed.
While calling to report the accident and filing a police report may seem to be overreacting, it is an important safeguard in most situations.
Typically, a call to 911 is all it takes to start the process. Depending on your location and the availability of officers, you may be greeted by a city police officer, county deputy or even a state police officer. The responding officer will include all of the pertinent details of the crash, including name and contact information for all parties involved; the vehicles involved; location, date and time of the accident; and statements from those involved.
The information in an accident report can be essential when dealing with insurance companies or future litigation, if required.
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