If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you know the feelings, frustrations and fears that come along with one. Even if no one is injured, it can be one of the scariest experiences of your life. The sound of crunching metal and plastic is enough to give one nightmares. Although every accident should be taken seriously, it seems that the Thurston County sheriff may not share that view.
Sheriff John Snaza has instructed his deputies to not write accident reports in those that do not include injury. He insists that they do not have enough time to do so and need to focus their attention on more serious crimes like murder and robbery.
If you live in Thurston County, you should be prepared to deal with handling an accident on your own. Although you may not be injured, your car may be damaged along with any other vehicle’s that may have been involved in the accident. Here are a few pointers on what to do after being involved in an accident:
• Write an account of the accident immediately. Make it detailed and thorough.
• See a doctor. Even if you do not believe you are greatly injured, that may not be the case. Many injuries are not symptomatic until later.
• Document any injuries found, if any.
• Report the accident to your insurance company if you intend to make a claim.
These are just a few of the things you should do following an accident. Without a police report, things can quickly become tricky and blame can shift more easily. Taking these steps can certainly help you and your case.