Lawyers.com Answers: Should I Talk To The Police After A Car Accident?

Depending on the location and severity of your car accident, police might come to the scene. Once they arrive, the responding officer will investigate the accident by talking to everyone involved in the crash, interviewing witnesses and writing an accident report. If you’re one of the drivers involved in the accident, it’s not a question of whether you should talk to the police, but what you should say.

It’s important not to say anything that might acknowledge fault for the accident or a violation of traffic laws. You might not have the complete picture of how the accident happened, and the immediate aftermath is no time to speculate. Give the officer your name, driver’s license, and any other requested information. Answer questions directly and succinctly. If you’re not clear on something, say you’re not sure.

If you have been in an auto accident, a local attorney can review the police report and discuss your options.