What should you do after a collision?

You have been in a collision in Ontario and not sure what to do. Even the best drivers get into collisions. Here are some tips on what you should do:

 

Auto Collision

  • Stay at the scene of the collision. If your vehicle is involved in a collision and you do not stop, you may be liable for criminal prosecution.
  • Call the police if anyone is injured or if your damages appear to be more than $2000. Police will arrive as soon as possible. Do not try to move anyone injured in a crash as you may aggravate their injuries.
  • If no one is injured and damage to 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. Visit: www.accsupport.com or call (416) 745-3301 to locate the Collision Reporting Centre nearest to you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Record information. You can use your cell phone to audio record as much information as possible.
  • Call your insurance company as soon as possible after your 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.

The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace a policeman/policewoman’s advice. Please always consult your local authorities for your collision needs.

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