After a car accident, the police should be called if the damage exceeds a few hundred dollars or if a personal injury of any kind has occurred. While it's important to avoid making any statements to the other driver that could be an admission of liability, it's usually best to make a statement to the police at the scene, before you forget any crucial details.
If you can, try not to move your vehicles before the police arrive so they can get an accurate view of the accident, and make the police report as clear and complete as possible. If you need to file a personal injury claim later, the report of the responding officers will likely be an important piece of evidence supporting your claim. If you're clear-headed and capable of thinking clearly, give the police a complete account of the accident. Before leaving, ask to review the report to make sure it accurately reflects everything you said, and ask for additional notes if necessary.
However, if you've been seriously injured, you're perfectly within your rights to seek medical attention first. The police can come take your statement at the hospital, or you can visit the station when you’re up to it. If you try to give a statement when you're hurt or traumatized, you may inadvertently make a mistake that could threaten your personal injury suit later.
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