• HELP GUIDE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION SURVIVORS

Founded in 2017, Picking Up Pieces is a free streamlined search for survivors of motor vehicle collisions.

Our mission is to provide superior online support as well as to become a unique and comprehensive source, a help guide and encyclopedia for survivors of motor vehicle collisions.

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What to do After a Motor Vehicle Collision

You have been in a motor vehicle collision. What do you do? To help you, here are some tips on what you should do when you get into a motor vehicle collision.

STEP 1 Stop. If your vehicle is involved in a collision and you don’t stop, you may be subject to criminal prosecution.

STEP 2 Call the police if anyone is injured, if the total damage to all the vehicles involved appears to be more than $2,000, or you suspect that any of the other drivers involved are guilty of a Criminal Code offence (such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol). Follow the instructions given to you by the emergency operator. Police will arrive as soon as possible. Do not try to move anyone injured in the collision — you may aggravate their injuries.

If no one is injured and total damage to all the vehicles involved appears to be less than $2,000, call a Collision Reporting Centre within 24 hours. These centres are police facilities created to assist motorists in reporting motor vehicle collisions. At the reporting centre you will complete a police report, and damage to the vehicle will be photographed. Call (416) 745-3301 to locate the Collision Reporting Centre nearest to you.

STEP 3 If it is safe to do so, get out of your car. If you have access to a digital camera or a cell phone, you should use it to take pictures of the scene.

STEP 4 When it is safe, move your vehicle to the side of the road, out of traffic. If your vehicle cannot be driven, turn on your hazard lights or use cones, warning triangles or flares, as appropriate.

STEP 5 Record information. You may also use your cell phone to audio record as much information as possible.

STEP 6 Call your insurance company as soon as possible after the collision. Inform them what happened and ask for next steps.

Remember….

As difficult as it may seem, it is important that you remain calm.
Do not argue with other drivers and passengers. Save your story for the police.
Do not voluntarily assume liability or take responsibility, sign statements regarding fault, or promise to pay for damage at the scene of the collision.
Be watchful for unauthorized tow truck operators.
Be prepared for any emergency on the road.

Always keep a basic vehicle first aid or emergency kit in the trunk of your vehicle. You can easily create an emergency kit for your vehicle by filling a plastic storage container with the following:

Pen and paper;
a basic first aid kit;
emergency road flares, warning triangles or cones;
a fire extinguisher (A-B-C Type);
a flashlight and extra batteries;
bottled water;
booster cables;
a tire repair kit and pump;
a small tool kit;
a towel;
a pair of work gloves;
some type of non-perishable food;
hand wipes; and
a thermal blanket.

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