If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be wondering whether you need to call the police. You might be feeling ok, and your car is still operable, so you may be wondering whether you need to call police?. Our recommendation is that you do call the police immediately from the accident scene. The police may advise that you can simply exchange information with the other driver and then attend at a police self-reporting collision centre. In those circumstances, try to take photos of the vehicle locations at the scene of the accident, including photographs of property damage to both vehicles. Also, make sure you obtain pertinent information from the other driver and vehicle involved in the accident, including the other vehicle plate number, the driver's full name, driver's license number and insurance information. It is best to take photographs of the driver's license and insurance slip. You should also immediately attend a collision reporting centre to make sure that a police report is authored. You may need this for insurance and in the event that you have any claims for injuries.
Although you may not immediately feel symptoms, it is best to attend at a hospital or doctor's office as a precaution. It is common that injuries, including serious injuries, are not always immediately accompanied by symptoms following an accident. Also, if symptoms develop over the next 24 to 48 hour period, it is again important to seek medical attention.
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Andrew Iacobelli is an Ontario lawyer that restricts his practice to representing personal injury victims and their families. Andrew is the founder of Iacobelli Law Firm.