Police officers and other first responders face increased risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed nearly every facet of our lives. As stay at home orders in many states and cities require non-essential businesses to shut down or cut back on hours in operation, measures are also being taken to protect law enforcement personnel.
In Memphis and other locations, police departments are temporarily changing their car accident reporting procedures amid the coronavirus pandemic. Officers in the Tennessee city are not responding to minor car accidents unless some other circumstance justifies their presence. Examples where an officer would come to the scene include when a wrecker is needed, if a confrontation exists between the parties and where drugs or alcohol might be related to the collision.
No matter where you are, if you’ve been in a minor vehicle accident and the police are not coming to the scene, you should take the following steps, if possible:
Navigating automobile accident procedures can be daunting, especially in a time when resources are strained. If you are in a car accident, an experienced and knowledgeable attorney can evaluate your circumstances and advise you if you might be entitled to compensation.