If You've Been Injured
Seek Medical Attention Immediately
You have just been traumatized, may be in shock and you may not feel pain until hours or even days after the accident. Perhaps you sustained serious injuries and it is medically necessary for you to go the the emergency room or see your physician as soon as possible.
If You Are NOT Injured
Try To Remain Calm & Provide Information To The Police
THE POLICE ARRIVE - COOPERATE
The police officer’s role is to conduct a brief investigation, gather all the facts and evidence, and clear the accident as quickly as possible.
Even though the police arrive AFTER the accident occurred, and they did not see what happened, let them do their job and do not hinder their investigation of the accident scene.
Their responsibility is to be unbiased, impartial and fair. They are not on anyone’s side, nor are they lawyers, accident reconstruction experts, or psychologist.
Evidence Collected By The Police For The Accident Report
Police Accident Investigation Report Samples
NHTSA Sample Police Report
DMV Accident Report For Each State
Call A Tow Truck If Your Vehicle Is Inoperable
Have It Towed To A Repair Shop Of Your Choice
A Word To The Wise About DASH CAMS
- It is your property and no one has a right to take it away from you without a search warrant.
- Make sure your dash cam actually recorded the accident before saying to anyone that you "have it on video" or you could be charged with tampering or destroying evidence, even if it didn’t record it.
- Review your dash cam footage, notify the police officer to include the evidence in the police report. Keep a copy.
- New evidence can be submitted and amended to police reports even after the report has been filed.