You had a fender bender with no witnesses. The other driver is, in your eyes, at fault. You do complete all the right steps: you stop and assess the damage. You then exchange insurance information with the other driver and take down the driver’s information. The accident was so jarring that once the other driver sets off, you realize you should have called the police. Forgetting crucial reporting steps is a common occurrence, but what are the consequences of failing to call the police for a motor vehicle collision?
Better late than never?
Arizona law requires that you comply with these three things after a motor vehicle accident:
- You stop, leaving the cars in place (while you remove yourself to a safe area), and survey the damage. Every state has ‘hit and run’ laws that make it illegal to leave the scene of an accident. Leaving your vehicles in place helps the police investigation.
- You exchange relevant information with the other driver, including name, current address, vehicle registration. It is helpful to include license plate numbers and all applicable insurance information.
- You report the accident and any injuries to the police. For accidents that include physical injuries, you should call 911 immediately to seek medical assistance for yourself or anyone injured in the collision. You are required by Arizona law to report any injuries.
Timing is everything
Some injuries, like whiplash, may take days or weeks to reveal symptoms. In such cases, you might not report the accident to the police until later. This delay could prove problematic to your claims as a police report will provide crucial information for determining who is at fault in a collision. If you don’t have that report, the other driver can make statements about the collision that may go against your claims and reduce your compensation. If you were involved in a motor vehicle collision, it is so important to have an attorney who can help you argue for the compensation you deserve. Cut out the guesswork, and hire an experienced personal injury attorney now.