You Should Call 911 after a Car Accident

auto accident Dan - November 24, 2020
woman calling 911 car accident

After a car crash, many people are in shock and do not know what to do. It is important to call 911 after a serious accident so you receive the immediate medical attention you need, and so police officers can assess whether other drivers violated the law.

If you’re involved in a car accident, it’s only natural for the shock of the experience to leave you unsure about what to do next. The foremost question on your mind is likely to be “Should I call 911?”, and the answer depends on the circumstances involved. Remember that erring on the side of caution is never a bad idea. If someone, including yourself, was hurt in the accident, even if the injury seems fairly minor, call 911 right away. If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident, don’t wait to consult with an experienced car accident attorney.

Calling 911

Making a 911 call can be intimidating. When the event is a major accident, making that 911 call is the obvious move. When the accident is less dramatic, however, it can be more difficult to decide if calling 911 is the right thing to do. Put this fear out of your mind. 911 does its own triage and prioritizes its responses accordingly. 

Make the call and describe the accident and its aftermath as accurately as you can to the 911 operator, especially if any of the following have occurred:

  • If anyone is obviously injured (even if you don’t think the injury is very serious), you should make the call. The fact is that you are not qualified to make this medical determination, and serious injuries can hide in plain sight. Erring on the side of caution in this situation is a good call.
  • If you (or someone else) feels achy from the impact, it’s important to recognize that the shock of the accident and the adrenaline coursing through you could be masking a far more serious injury. Call 911.
  • If there is considerable damage involved, it means there was considerable impact involved, which also means that a serious injury is more likely and that calling 911 is the best path forward.
  • If you believe the other motorist is impaired by drugs or alcohol, was distracted by his or her smartphone, or was otherwise negligent, it’s a good idea to call 911. 
  • If the accident itself is blocking oncoming traffic or is otherwise creating a danger, it’s time to dial 911. 

An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

If another motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident, look to the dedicated car accident lawyers at Blackburn & Green for the experienced legal counsel you need. Our intrepid legal team is committed to advocate for compensation that covers your physical, financial, and emotional damages. Your case is important, so please don’t wait to contact or call us at 1-800-444-1112 for more information today.

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