Should I call the police after being involved in a car accident?

Yes, generally you should report the car accident to the police for your protection. Under Florida law, you are required to immediately report a car accident to the authorities if:

  • It involved an injury or death
  • It was a hit-and-run crash
  • It involved a commercial vehicle
  • The driver was intoxicated
  • There was extensive property damage

Even though you are legally not required to contact the police for minor accidents, it is still a good idea to do so. A police report will serve as important evidence if you decide to file a car accident claim or lawsuit later on to recover compensation. Officers who arrive at the scene of the crash will collect information, including contact details from the individuals involved, to prepare their report.

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