When you see an accident on the side of the road, chances are, the police are at the scene. Everybody knows you’re supposed to call the cops after an accident. Not only are you required to call them and report the wreck, but it’s also a good idea to have them investigate the scene. Nobody wants to wait around for the cops. If nobody was injured in the car crash, you’ll be tempted to just exchange insurance information and go your separate ways. This can be a big mistake. It’s never a good idea to not call the police.
Some people suggest not calling the cops for convenience reasons. They want to get to work or just go home. They don’t want to be stuck on the highway for an hour or two waiting for the police to complete their investigation.
Other people are a bit more sinister. They have a good reason to avoid the police. The problem is, the more insistent a driver is to avoid calling the police, the more you should want to call them. When someone’s insisting you not call the police, they’re probably hiding something.
Your Boston car accident lawyer will always advise you to call the police.
The Other Driver May Not Have a Valid License
Everyone knows they shouldn’t drive without a valid license. But things happen. Some people forget to pay a parking ticket. The next thing they know, their license is suspended. Some people aren’t even aware that their license has been suspended.
Other drivers simply forget to renew their driver’s license. They put it off and then, at the end of the month, simply forget to go to the DMV. With timing the way it is, they get into a car wreck before they get a chance to clear their renewal up.
Still, other people have no concern about not having a valid license. They may have several DUI on their driving history. Also, they owe thousands of dollars in fines and have no intention of paying them. They simply don’t care what happens if they get into a car accident in Boston.
If someone doesn’t have a valid driver’s license, they’ll get a ticket. If they get into an accident, they may even get arrested. It depends on how serious the injuries were.
The Driver May Not Have Insurance
We’re all required to have car insurance. Some people simply can’t afford it. Or, they let their insurance policy lapse for non-payment. They take the risk when they get behind the wheel. Not only will other people’s injuries not be covered, but neither will their own.
When you get into an accident, the other driver may give you expired insurance information. Or, their insurance card looks legitimate. The insurance company sends out new insurance cards before the payment is due. They can’t control what people do with these cards after a policy has lapsed.
If you don’t call the cops, you’ll have no way to know that their insurance has lapsed. The cops can run their insurance information and find out if it’s valid or not. If it’s not valid, they’ll put this into the police report. Your lawyer will know that they have to pursue the driver personally for any damages.
They’re in the Commission of a Crime
For all you know, the other driver may have active warrants. They know if you call the cops, they’ll be arrested. Or, they’re actually committing a crime at the time of the accident. For example, what if they’re driving a stolen car? Or, what if they have stolen property in the car and don’t want the cops to discover it?
You have no idea what’s going on with the other driver. If you don’t call the cops, you risk being left holding the bag. If you find out after the fact that the car was stolen or the driver had no insurance, there’s not much you can do about it.
The other driver could be drunk or using drugs at the time of your crash. They know if you call the cops, they may have to take a breathalyzer or perform a field sobriety test. If you don’t call the cops right away, it gives them time to sober up.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Boston Right Away
If you run into problems with the other driver, you’re going to need to call a car accident lawyer at Soto Law P.C. Your lawyer will get the police report and get to the bottom of it. If the other driver really didn’t have insurance, your lawyer will have to pursue the driver personally. They’ll also help you file a claim under your uninsured motorists’ clause.
Call today and schedule your initial consultation. It’s absolutely free and you pay nothing until you settle your case.