Car accidents happen when you least expect it, and when it does you could forget everything you know because of the trauma. You are stressed, angry, frustrated and the last thing you want to do is spend a few hours at a police station writing a statement. What is the law regarding reporting an accident?
The law regarding accidents and reporting accidents is different from state to state, so you need to be familiar with the law before you get into the car. In some states it is perfectly legal to leave the scene of an accident if no one was injured; you just have to solve the problem with the other driver or give him your insurance information. This is not true in all states.
It is absolutely obligatory to stop the car if a person or animal was hurt in the accident or if public property was destroyed. You are obligated to call the emergency number and report the accident, and leave only after the police have attended the scene.
If no one was hurt during the accident and the cars have suffered only minor damage, you and the other driver, if there is one, have more leeway. The first thing that you have to do is to discuss with the other driver about how you will fix your cars. Of course, if you do not agree on this issue, it has to be reported to the police. In addition, if the car is severely damaged, you will need a police report in order to have it repaired. This means that you have to report it within 24 hours. Make sure that you know the laws of the state to prevent any unpleasant situation.