No one ever plans on being involved in a car accident. However, it’s important to remember that accidents can happen even when a driver exercises caution. While you may be a responsible motorist, you could be harmed in an accident while driving in Philadelphia if someone with whom you’re sharing the road is negligent.
Because there is a possibility you will one day be involved in a collision, you should be familiar with the steps you need to take in the immediate aftermath of an accident. For example, even if an accident seems minor, you must still call the police to report it. The following are key reasons why:
Pennsylvania law requires drivers to report car accidents to the police if the accident resulted in injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000. You may thus face fines and other legal consequences if you fail to report an accident. Guard against this by calling 911 right away after a collision.
You may be eligible to receive financial compensation after an accident by filing an insurance claim. Your insurance company might require a police report to process your claim, though.
A police report provides an objective record of the accident. It may include details such as the date, time, location, and circumstances of the collision. Your insurance company may use this information to calculate damages, assess fault (if necessary), and more.
A police report can also serve as important evidence in the event of a lawsuit. If you or another party involved in the accident decides to pursue legal action, a police report can be used to support your case. The report can provide details about the accident, including witness statements, which can help establish liability and support your claims.
If you or anyone else involved in the accident sustained injuries, it’s important to report the accident to the police. A police report can document the injuries and provide a record of the medical treatment received. This information can be important if you decide to pursue legal action or if you need to file a claim with your insurance company.
Be aware, it’s also wise to contact the police and report an accident if you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run. Although the driver who caused your accident may have fled the scene, if you can recall any identifying information about their vehicle, the police may be able to track the driver down. Their chances of doing so will likely be greater if you get in touch with them as soon as possible after an accident.
Additionally, along with reporting your accident to the police, you should always seek medical attention. This is critical even if your injuries don’t seem serious.
After seeing a doctor, strongly consider reviewing your case with a lawyer. At Solomon, Sherman, Gabay, Briskin & Sherman, our Philadelphia car accident attorneys are on hand to help you pursue the compensation for which you may be eligible. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 215-665-1100.