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Whether you’re involved in a fender bender or a significant collision, taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of everyone affected is essential. Unfortunately, many underestimate the importance of contacting law enforcement and filing a police report after a crash. However, this is essential if you wish to pursue compensation against the negligent party responsible for your injuries. As such, the following blog explores why this is necessary and how a Marietta car accident lawyer can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

What Should I Do Immediately Following a Collision?

When you are struck by another driver, it’s important to take a moment to collect yourself. Unfortunately, many people immediately panic, which is understandable. However, remaining calm can help this process go much more smoothly. You should assess yourself and your passengers to see if anyone has sustained injuries. Additionally, if you can, ask the other driver about injuries.

Next, you should call 911. Be sure to give the operator as much information as possible about your location, how many cars are involved, and the injuries sustained. Even if you feel fine, you should still request medical attention, as your adrenaline may be masking the pain. You should also request a police presence.

Why Is It Necessary to File a Police Report?

Having the police at the accident is necessary for several reasons. Though the other driver may plead with you to settle it on your own without the police, it’s always recommended to file a report.

When the police arrive, they will help direct traffic around the accident to prevent additional damage or injuries. Similarly, they will conduct a preliminary investigation into the accident, writing in the report where the collision occurred and any other relevant factors. They will speak with each vehicle’s occupants and witnesses to help gather more information about how the crash transpired. This will be noted in a police report.

In Georgia, you are legally required to report the accident if injuries or damage to a vehicle exceeds $500. Because some injuries may not immediately be present, and it can be hard to estimate the cost of damage to a car, it’s in your best interest to file a report regardless.

If you fail to file a report and try to seek compensation for the injuries you sustained, the defendant may claim your injuries were not severe if you did not file a report at the time of the collision. Additionally, having your statement documented will allow you to refresh your memory in the event you must recount the collision, as time may pass between the events.

When hurt in a car crash, the Miller Law Practice can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Our team understands how devastating these accidents can be, which is why we’re committed to helping you fight for justice. Connect with us today to discuss the details of your case.