What Should I Tell the Police When I Am in an Accident?

A lot of people wonder if they should talk to the police at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. And the answer is, absolutely yes. In fact, if they’re not there, you need to do what you can to get them there. They need to write a report.

When dealing with the police at the scene, there are a few pointers I want you to remember.

1: Talk about what happened, What you saw and what you heard. Talk about the facts. Who was driving, who were the passengers, where were they seated, where were you going, where were you coming from, what do you remember about traffic lights or stop signs? If you saw it or you heard it, talk about it!

2: Don’t guess! If you didn’t see it or if you didn’t hear it, don’t fill in the gaps. Don’t make things up! If you don’t know where the the car came from or if you don’t know how fast you were going, don’t guess. Don’t be afraid of saying, “I don’t know, officer.”

3: You don’t know the extent of your injuries. You don’t know anything until you’ve been checked out by a doctor. And though the adrenaline running through your body may make you feel fine, your best answer is, “I don’t know yet officer.”. Oftentimes, car wreck inuries can appear several hours or days after the crash, so don't be too quick to state how well you might be feeling.

4: If the EMS team is there and they want to check you out and make sure you’re ok, let them do it! I get it, it’s going to be more time, a little more hassle and you’re afraid they’re going to send you a big medical bill. Let them check you out though, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

So, if you’ve been injured in a car accident and you’ve got questions, give us a call or fill out the form online. We'd love to be able to help you out.