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August 31, 2020 in Tips
It is important to be prepared to know what to do should you ever be involved in an auto accident. Under most circumstances, you are required by law to call the police and file a police report.
When you should call the police:
Officers come to the scene of an accident to expedite the exchange of information between all parties involved. No matter who is at fault in Utah, you are required by law to call the police to a scene of an accident when:
Was there a motor vehicle violation?
If you feel that the other driver involved in the accident committed a motor vehicle violation but does not want you to call the police, you should call the police anyway. They might argue that if no one is hurt in the accident, all that is needed is an exchange of insurance and personal information. Often, all parties at an accident scene appear to agree about the facts but then later one may change his or her mind.
Fender-bender accidents with no injuries.
The police department may decline to respond to a minor accident scene if no one was injured. However, it is still a good idea to make the call and let the department decide. Should the police choose to not respond to your accident, and you feel rattled and unsure how to proceed, you may ask the dispatcher for advice to move forward.
Reasons to file your own police report.
Should the police decline to respond to your minor vehicle accident, an official police document can be an asset for the following reasons:
Whether or not you will file a report, be sure to exchange information with the other driver, including names and addresses of the driver and passengers, even those who were not apparently injured.
If you have a smartphone or a camera in the car, take as many photos as you can of different angles of the accident scene, as well as damage to each vehicle involved in the loss.
If you are involved in an accident, be sure to notify your insurance agent as soon as possible, and give A.U.T.O. a call to get your vehicle back in shape.
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