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Do I Always Need to Call the Police After a Car Accident?

October 17, 2017

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Car accidents occur on New Jersey streets every day. When a car accident seems minor, you may wonder whether or not you need to get the police involved.

Here are the situations in which you should (and in some cases are legally obligated to) call a police officer after a car accident. Report the accident as soon as you can do so safely—from the scene of the accident if possible. If an emergency situation prevents you from reporting, ask a bystander to call 911.

Someone Was Injured or Killed

New Jersey law requires drivers to report a car accident to police if anyone was injured or killed as a result of the accident. Bear in mind that some common car accidents, like whiplash, take time to fully manifest. If it feels as if the accident was severe enough to cause injury, reporting can be the safer option even if you don’t notice symptoms immediately.

The Accident Caused More than $500 in Damage

A light “bump” or “tap” might not require the police’s assistance. However, it’s easy to do $500 or more in damage to most vehicles, particularly if any damage to the vehicle’s body is involved. New Jersey law requires accidents to be reported if they cause more than $500 in damage, even if no one was hurt. Report these accidents as soon as you can.

You Were in a Hit and Run Accident

Hit and run accidents—even if they don’t cause injury or property damage—are a crime in New Jersey. By reporting the accident, you maximize the chances that the police can find the driver involved and that you can receive the compensation you need and deserve.

If you’ve been injured in an accident in New Jersey, it’s important to call the police. It’s also important to call an experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and pursue the compensation you need and deserve. Contact Hoyt & Hoyt, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.

 

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney/client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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