Tips for Handling a “No Injury, No Response” Car Accident
Since Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s new “no injury – no response” accident policy went into place March 3, 2014, there’s been quite a buzz by Southern Nevadans, unsure how they should handle a “non-injury” accident. With a LVMPD accident report no longer available following many car accidents, it will be the driver’s responsibility to investigate and document the wreck. The Richard Harris Law Firm offers the Top 8 Tips drivers should consider if involved in an accident – to preserve their legal rights to make a claim and protect themselves from the potential claims of others.
Try to remain calm. Stay in your vehicle until you feel calm. When able, leave the vehicle and calmly introduce yourself to the other driver.
Call police and follow their instructions. If the other party is intoxicated or high, report that to the police.
If the other person involved in the accident refuses to give you their information and flees the scene, it has become a hit-and-run, to which the police will respond
Documentation is your friend. If you haven’t downloaded My Pocket Cop, the auto accident app, you can use your camera phone, if you have one, or we recommend carrying a disposable camera in your glove box. Take as many photos and videos as possible. We recommend taking lots of photos of:
- the property damage to your vehicle
- the other vehicle (include the license plate)
- the scene of the accident including street signs or signal lights
- the position of both vehicles after the accident before they are moved (if safety considerations allow)
Write down your account of the accident while it is still fresh in your mind. Obtain video, written or audio statements from witnesses and those involved in the accident. Having an un-biased, third-party account may help you in the long run. Obtain witness contact information.
Exchange names, addresses, driver’s license numbers and insurance policy information with the other driver. If multiple vehicles are involved, obtain this information from all parties. If any other party refuses to comply, call the police.
Don’t be confrontational with the other driver, but if they admit fault, ask if they will give a statement in writ- ing or on your smartphone video.
If you have any symptoms of injury, promptly visit an Emergency Room, or Urgent Care facility
Being in a traffic accident is traumatic and difficult, especially when you’re dealing with the situation on your own. You’ll be required to give an accurate and consistent version of the incident several times during the claims process to law enforcement, insurance companies and lawyers. By documenting the facts of the accident and the people involved, you’ll be better prepared to protect your rights.