Responsibilities After an Accident

It can be very hard to keep your wits about you if you were just in a car accident. However, there are a few things you have to provide to the other driver (or to the police) if you were the driver in a car accident. Regardless of whether it was your fault or not, there must be an exchange of information. In this, attorney Zach Parry explains what must be provided at the scene of an accident.

Here is the transcript of the video above:

Hi, my name is Zach Parry. I am an attorney at Parry & Pfau. Today, we’re going to be talking about what your responsibilities are if you’re in an accident.

Now, these are legally required, assuming that you’re in a condition to be able to do this. Obviously, if you have to be taken by ambulance, you’re excused from having to do this immediately, but you still do have to render this information to the other driver involved in the accident.

Number one, you have to provide your name and your address. The statue doesn’t actually include your phone number. You have to provide your name, address, insurance information and the registration for your vehicle. And then if you are requested of the other driver, you also must provide your driver’s license.

Now, this is true even if a police officer does not respond to the scene. And, you probably have heard the announcement by Metropolitan Police Department in Las Vegas that they are no longer responding to non-injury accidents. Unfortunately, we don’t always know after an accident if there’s an injury. Sometimes it takes time to know that you’ve been hurt. So, in some cases a police officer will be there.

If a police officer responds, your duties don’t really differ much. You still have to provide the same information. Again, the officer can request your name, address, registration, proof of insurance and your driver’s license. Beyond that, you really don’t have to do anything, legally. So, if you are in an accident, know your rights. Know what what is required of you and what is not. But, most importantly, try and be safe out there.