A truck accident can be frightening, and it can be easy to feel confused and overwhelmed in the minutes and hours after a collision. What should a West Virginia driver do if he or she is asked not to call the police after a truck accident? He or she should not listen. Failure to take the proper steps after an accident can make the post-accident process more complex and may make it difficult to obtain any compensation to which one may be entitled.
It is noted that the most important thing that a West Virginia driver can do after an accident is to contact the police as soon as possible. Even if the other driver protests, it is vital to have proper documentation in the form of an official police report. Failure to have an accident report can cause issues with insurance and can make it extremely difficult to determine which driver is liable.
There are many reasons why the responsible party would not want to contact law enforcement after an accident. It could be because the driver does not have insurance or a valid license. When an accident results because of the negligent or reckless actions of another party, the victim always has the right to seek help, especially from local law enforcement, regardless of the opinions of others involved.
A truck accident can cause serious injuries. It is helpful to understand the proper steps to take after an accident and the rights granted to victims who have suffered injury. Victims of truck accidents rooted in negligence may have the right to pursue personal injury compensation in an effort to recover losses associated with the accident.
Source: wvnstv.com, "Working For You: If someone tells you not to call the police after an accident, what should you do?", Adam Mayer, Dec. 16, 2014