Contacting the Police After a Car Accident
After a car accident, must I file a report with the police?
In Alabama, drivers must report an accident to the Department of Public Safety if the accident inflicted injury, led to a death or caused property damage exceeding $250 in value. You must provide other parties involved with your name, address, phone number, driver’s license and license plate numbers and insurance information. If you hit an unattended vehicle, you must try to find the owner. If you are unable, you must leave a note with your name and contact information. Leaving the scene of an accident can result in license suspension.
After a car accident, when should I file a report with the police?
Many assume they do not need to file a police report following a minor accident. However, filing a report strengthens your case if you seek monetary damages. A police report will provide a thorough documentation of events as they occurred. If you have been involved in a car accident, you should file a report as quickly as possible, ideally while still on the scene. Documenting events quickly prevents the effect of fading memory. Even if police do not respond to the scene, you can still file a report at police headquarters.