There might be many thoughts going through your head after getting into a car accident. A lot of people wonder if calling the police is necessary, even if it’s a minor car accident or fender bender. If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important to protect your health and ensure you are compensated for any injuries, which is why it is recommended to contact the police following a car accident.
Am I Required to Call the Cops After A Car Accident?
The actions you take in the hours or even days after a motor vehicle accident can make a huge difference in the compensation that you receive. After a car accident, in the state of New Jersey, it is required to call the police if the accident results in a death or injury, or if the accident causes $500 plus in damage to the property owned by either party. So, if the accident looks like the property damage is at least $500, it would be in your best interest to contact the police. Car accidents can be reported to:
- The local police department
- Nearest county police office
- New Jersey state police
It is not legally required to contact your insurance company, but you will want to do so quickly so that you can get the proper coverage for your car accident. Most insurance companies have strict policies that require you to report accidents soon after they occur, which is why it’s recommended to contact them as soon as possible.
Are There Any Time Limitations?
Typically, you should report a car accident right away. Normally people have access to their cell phones and can make a quick call to the police department. If for some reason you do not have access to a phone, but your vehicle is safe to drive following the accident, you can drive to the nearest police department. If your car is not operational after the accident, you can report the accident by calling law enforcement once you get home.
If you are filing a car accident lawsuit against the other driver involved in the accident, it has to be done within the 2-year statute of limitations.
What Happens If I Don’t Get A Police Report?
Failure to report an accident that requires reporting will result in penalties. You could be subjected to a fine between $30 and $100, and your driver’s license could be suspended as well as your vehicle registration.
Involved in A Car Accident and Need Legal Help?
Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio L.L.C., is a full-service personal injury law firm dedicated to helping accident victims obtain full compensation for their financial losses and pain and suffering. It is important to have an injury lawyer in your corner that is well-versed in traffic accident law so they can help you with your insurance claims. We will handle all aspects of your case, including all dealings with insurance companies. We want to help you get the medical care and compensation you need to rebuild your life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.