Calling 911 in a Car Accident
Recently, a client of mine informed me that she had called 911 after her vehicle was hit by another driver. As her lawyer, I quickly made arrangements to get a copy made of the 911 call. I was concerned that the audio recording would not be kept past 60 days as is the policy of most 911 emergency calling centers. Fortunately, the tape was located and sent to my law firm. Had she not informed me of the tape, or had I not asked her if there was a 911 call made, we would not have been able to locate and preserve this critical piece of evidence in her case.
The 911 call is bone chilling to say the least. Her pain, suffering, anguish, and distress are easily realized after one listen. Imagine what an insurance adjuster, jury, or court will think if they get a chance to hear it. Also, the liability facts are greatly improved as she detailed the events that took place leading up to the accident and immediately after. Indeed, the at-fault driver will have very little wiggle room in terms of the facts surrounding the accident.
The point of this blog entry is to make you aware that the 911 call serves more purpose than to get the emergency response and police to the scene of an accident. Those present sense impressions and excited utterances immediately following an accident are strong evidence against those that caused you harm.
Be aware that many cities have a record retention policy that allows them to destroy the 911 audio recordings. Usually, this time period can be as little as 30 days. Therefore, if you have been in a car accident, truck accident, or any other type of accident and made a call to 911, please contact our law office immediately. We can make the proper requests to obtain the emergency recording and preserve a valuable piece of evidence in seeking the damages you deserve from the responsible driver's insurance company.