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Handling the aftermath of a car accident is stressful and can be especially overwhelming if you’ve suffered an injury. What should you do next? Is calling the police necessary if you don’t need emergency medical attention? What if your injuries are minor?

Trust your instincts

It’s important to trust your instincts, especially in situations like these. If something doesn’t feel right or you’re unsure about the severity of your injury, call the police. Some injuries might seem minor but could worsen with time; having it documented in a police report will be helpful if future medical treatment or compensation is needed.

Don’t hesitate if an injury seems serious

Call the police immediately if you or anyone else becomes seriously injured in an accident. There’s no way to know the severity of someone’s injury until they receive medical attention, so do not hesitate to call. Let the police know right away that someone has been injured so they can get emergency medical aid on the scene as quick as possible.

What if you choose not to involve the police?

Deciding not to call the police or file a report after being injured in a car accident could complicate or delay the process of settling your insurance claim. Without documentation, it can be more difficult to prove the validity of your injury, especially if it develops over time. When you report an injury after the fact, you run the risk of the other driver denying involvement which makes it your word against theirs.