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Should You Call the Police Even if a Car Accident Was Minor?

Car accidents are unexpected and oftentimes unavoidable. An accident may leave you dealing with repercussions including property damage or physical injuries.

When you find yourself on the side of the road dealing with a car accident due to the negligence of others,  it is critical to remain calm. Although a surge of adrenaline may have kicked in directly after the accident, you must catch your breath and collect yourself enough to see if anyone is hurt. If so, the priority is calling 911 to request medical assistance.

Law enforcement should be called in the case of injury or damage, but what if you have only been involved in a minor fender bender? While the other party may be quickly inclined just to offer to pay cash or ‘take care of things’ for you, hoping to avoid police and insurance, you should not do this.

If there is no visible damage anywhere, you and the other party may be eager to hop back into your vehicles and carry on to your original destinations; however, you could be gambling in doing so as there may be other internal damage to the car you are unaware of at first. While you may feel silly about calling police officers to the scene over what seems like nothing, always err on the side of caution—and the same rule should apply to any questions regarding injuries.

If you or a loved one have been in a car accident due to the negligence of others, you may be quickly burdened with medical expenses, emotional trauma, serious pain due to injury, and more. With over 30 years of experience in accidental and personal injury practice, we will help you get the compensation you deserve. Speak with a skilled car accident attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online.