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Do I Have to Report an Idaho Car Accident to Police?

After a car accident in Idaho, there are certain steps you must take in order to protect your health and well-being, as well as your rights to pursue financial compensation to pay for your losses. One of those steps includes calling law enforcement officials to the scene of the collision. 

Accident Reporting Laws in Idaho 

According to Idaho traffic law, you must notify the police if you are involved in a car accident where someone was injured or killed, or the property damage was worth over $1,500. Failure to report a car accident can result in costly fines and even driver’s license suspension. 

When the police arrive, the officers will notify emergency services if anyone needs immediate medical attention, investigate the accident, write down the details of the crash (including a diagram of the accident), and gather names and contact information of all drivers involved and any witnesses at the scene. You will need a request a copy of the report from the department that issued it. 

The Importance of a Police Report 

The police report from the collision is one of the most important pieces of evidence in a car accident claim or personal injury lawsuit because it comes from an unbiased third party. The report also contains who the officer believes is at fault, based on his/her professional opinion. Insurance adjusters will take into account the police report while conducting their own investigation. 

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a car accident in Pocatello, contact May, Rammell & Wells today at (208) 623-8021 to discuss your case. Get a legal team with more than seven decades of combined legal experience on your side! 


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