Should Law Enforcement Be Contacted Even After An Accident With No Injuries or Damage?

The following is taken from an interview with a Virginia injury lawyer as they discuss why it is important to contact law enforcement immediatly following an accident, even if no injuries or damage is present. If you have already been involved in an accident and think you may be eligible for compensation call today to discuss your case with a Virginia car accident attorney. Our experienced lawyers are willing to put forth the effort to fight for your rights. 

Absolutely. It’s difficult to tell right at the time of an accident the extent of your injuries. Sometimes, it’s tough to tell even if you’re injured at all. But getting law enforcement to the scene means they will assess you and if you need immediate medical attention.

Many times after a collision, your adrenaline’s pumping and you may not be fully aware of your injuries. You might have a gash on your arm or on your eyebrow or something that you don’t even notice is there, and the officers on the scene will always ask are you okay? Would you like us to call an ambulance? And if they think it’s necessary, they might call one without even asking first.

Getting Record of the Accident

Calling the police serves both the purpose of getting an ambulance to the scene if necessary, but also, another reason to get the police involved there is that you have a clear record of what happened, where it happened, when it happened, and it gives you an extra layer of protection just to make sure that information that is important is recorded.

In the excitement of all, we can sometimes forget some things we would normally remember to do. You might forget to write down a license plate number, an insurance policy number, or something like that. If the police are on the scene, even if they don’t write up an accident report, but they just do an information exchange, which they do in some jurisdictions when there are no apparent injuries, they’ll make sure that all that information is there.

In addition to all this, contacting law enforcement provides an extra level of security to have somebody who deals with these situations on a regular basis facilitating the exchange. Sometimes someone gets road rage or upset about the way the accident occurred. No one is ever happy after getting into a car accident, and so having police or law enforcement there can help mediate any conflict that may arise as well.