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When to Call the Police Following an Accident

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:

  • There is a personal injury.
  • When traffic is blocked by the accident (debris/broken-down vehicle/etc.)
  • There are damages exceeding $1,500. If you are not sure whether the situation is a true emergency, it is recommended to call 911 and let the call-taker determine whether you are in need of emergency assistance.

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:

  • Hidden damage: Not all damage to vehicles is apparent at the scene of the accident.
  • Future liability: No matter what you and the other parties involved in the accident agree upon, you cannot be sure they will later hold the same opinion. A police report will be powerful should there be any litigation.
  • Facilitating a settlement: A police report can expedite the insurance claim process.

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.

About A.U.T.O. Collision

If you are in need of an accurate collision repair estimate the first time, visit A.U.T.O. Collision in Sandy, Utah! Our I-CAR® trained and certified technicians are ready to help our customers in their time of need. For helpful advice or to learn more about our collision services, contact A.U.T.O. Collision at 801.568.0305 or visit the shop at 215 West 9210 South, Sandy, Utah 84070. We are here to serve you Monday – Friday, 8am – 5:30pm.

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