Why Do I Need To Call The Police After Being Hit By A Reckless Driver in DC?

You're driving down the street in a busy area and nothing seems to go wrong. All of a sudden, someone in another vehicle hits your car on the passenger side as you were driving through a green light. It's a shock to your system; and you're thinking to yourself can this really be happening? You slow to a stop and climb out to examine the damage. Your neck is hurting, you have a headache. The last thing you want to do is get stuck there, waiting for the police and ambulance. But that's exactly what you need to do.

Being involved in a car crash is a scary and serious situation. No matter how serious the accident, one of the first things you need to do is call the police. The role of law enforcement in taking part in the aftermath of an accident is crucial. They need to take down statements from each party, license plate numbers, insurance information and help in getting medical attention anyone may need. In addition to that, it is important that they check any bags or vehicles for anything that may have caused the accident (drugs, alcohol, weapons, etc.). Arrests can be proceeded with if there is sufficient evidence of criminal activity that may have played a role in the collision.

What Happens When The Police Come, And What Information Should I Give To Them?

If the police are called, they are going to talk with you about what happened. Make sure you are prepared with your license, registration, and proof of insurance. The police will record information such as make and model of the vehicle or vehicles, names of those who were involved, look up driving or criminal history anyone involved may have, and the location of the accident. Insurance information should also be exchanged at that time with the driver who was at fault. Take a picture of their inurance card. 

The police officer may write a ticket for the at-fault driver. Points on a license and jail time are two of the main punishments in accident cases depending on the cost of the damage, amount of overall harm, and testimony from victims and witnesses. If you weren't at fault, you don't have to worry about that.

How Do I Get My Police Report?

If you have been affected by reckless driving, no matter if you were the victim or reckless driver, chances are you are going to want a police report. Getting your police report may take time. You will need to contact the police department that handled the accident and submit a request form for the report. It's recommended that you obtain a copy of the police report for insurance purposes. It serves as an official document to back you and the attorney representing you in the case. In case the insurance company asks questions following the accident, the report is your proof that says the accident occurred, you were present, and that you weren't at fault.

Why Do I Need A Lawyer After Being Hit By A Reckless Driver?

If you've been in a serious accident due to someone elses bad driving and negligence, you will need someone to represent you. You need an experienced car accident lawyer who can help you settle your case get your medical bills and lost wages reimbursed as well as some money for pain and suffering. If you're thinking of handling a serious car accident case on your own, you should think again. Your chances of getting compensation or any other benefits would greatly decrease especially if you don't know how to pursue compensation from the insurance company. The car accident lawyers at Donahoe Kearney have experience in handling these exact scenarios and can maximize your settlement from the other driver's insurance company. 

Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Today!

Have you or someone you know recently been involved in a motor vehicle accident in DC? Are you ready to fight for the help you need against those responsible? Our car accident lawyers at Donahoe Kearney can get you the results that you've been looking for. Don't wait, call us (202)-393-3320 today. We make it easy to get started.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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