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Do I Need to Call 9-1-1 Immediately After a Crash?

The things you do after a car accident can significantly impact your claim. One thing that you may be wondering is if you have to contact law enforcement immediately following the collision. The answer is not so clear-cut, as the situation will always determine if you need to contact 9-1-1 following a crash.

When You Need to Call 9-1-1

The law in the state of Virginia says you need to call 9-1-1 if the crash results in physical injury or property damage exceeding $1,500. In these situations, it’s necessary to call 9-1-1 and report the crash. Law enforcement officers will come out and investigate the accident scene, then compile a written report within 24 hours of the accident.

If you do report the accident and law enforcement officers don’t come out to the accident scene, you must file an accident report with the DMV yourself.

Keep in mind; it is illegal to leave the scene without calling 9-1-1 when you are legally obligated to do so. Not only that, but you run the risk of negatively impacting your claim if you don’t report the crash. Accident reports can serve as significant evidence to help you build your case.

Why It’s Important to Call 9-1-1

Remember: you must report an accident to local law enforcement if an injury occurs. Not only is it a legal issue, but insurance companies may look at your lack of reporting as a potential way to show you didn’t suffer injuries. You don’t want to give insurance companies a chance to deny your claim by missing a crucial step in the process.

Our team at Shevlin Smith is here to help you understand your rights. When you need to seek compensation for your injuries, work with our Fairfax car accident lawyers and have strong legal counsel on your side. We care about getting you the results you deserve, and we go above and beyond to safeguard your best interests.

Call our firm at (703) 721-4233 today.


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