As of May 3, 2010, Philadelphia Police do not respond to the scene of minor accidents and fender benders where there are no injuries and when vehicles can be safely driven away. Philadelphia Police do respond when there are personal injuries and emergencies. Call 911 in either case.
If you are able to, get our of harm’s way. Call 911. If there are injuries involved, police and paramedics should be dispatched immediately. Police will also create a Philadelphia car accident report. After, see our page: the correct steps to take after a car accident, then contact Philadelphia car accident lawyer Edith Pearce. In the quick video below, she explains just what to do after an accident:
First of all we should note that if you have just been involved in an accident it is very important to stay safe. Standing in the road while your adrenaline is pumping is not a good place to be.
The announcement of Philly PD no longer showing up to non-injury vehicle collisions basically states that if the only thing damaged are the vehicles in the accident, the vehicles can safely drive away, there are no injuries, and all drivers involved kindly exchange information, that drivers should contact 911. The announcement states that:
Information to be exchanged includes: Name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company name, insurance policy number, vehicle year, make, model, color, license plate number, and VIN #, which should be located on the driver’s side of the car, on the dashboard, which is visible when looking through the windshield. This will look like a very large combination of numbers consisting of 17 characters (Example: 1C4RJEBG8CC299381).
The fact is many injuries occur, even during very low speed impacts. Sometimes the adrenaline wears off and people realize they have a soft tissue injury such as whiplash. Soft tissue injuries may not present themselves until days or weeks after the accident. While some forms of whiplash clear up, others can last a very long time. Other injuries which do not always appear right away include chronic head pain, or even a cracked sternum. Concussions are another injury which can have long lasting negative side affects.
If your injuries appear days or weeks later, contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation and we will go over your legal options with you.
After any accident, it is wise to obtain witness information and pictures of the accident. Do not stand in the street to take pictures of the accident scene. If you have any discomfort at all, have the police respond get an accident report.