What Steps Should Be Taken Take After A Car Accident?

Going through a car accident is a traumatic experience. Accidents happen so fast that confusion often results. After the initial shock wears off, individuals are often left wondering what to do next.

The lawyers at Martin Sheppard Fraser LLP have the experience to help guide you through the required steps after a car accident.

1. Remain At The Scene

You must remain at the scene of an accident. You can be criminally prosecuted if you fail to stop.

2. Call The Police If There Are Injuries

If you or anyone else has suffered injuries, call the police. If there are no injuries, but serious damage to the vehicles you should call the police. If there is any disagreement as to whose fault the crash is, the police should also be called.

3. Call An Ambulance If There Are Serious Injuries

If you or another individual looks to be seriously injured, call an ambulance.

4. Call A Collision Centre If There Are No Injuries And The Damage Is Minor

If neither you nor any other individuals have been injured and the damages likely do not exceed $2,000, call the Collision Reporting Centre, where vehicle damage will be photographed and you will be asked to complete a police report. The centre must be notified within 24 hours.

5. Move The Car To The Side Of The Road

Move the car to the side of the road when it is safe to do so. If the car cannot be moved, turn on your hazard lights.

6. Take Pictures Of The Scene

If you are able and not hindered by injuries, take pictures of the scene. It's important to preserve evidence of the accident.

7. Ensure That You Get Others' Information

Collect details from others at the scene, including any other drivers, if you are able to do so. Information collected should include:

  • Name and contact information
  • Insurance information
  • Witness names and contact information
  • Whether anyone appeared intoxicated at the scene
  • License plate number, VIN, make and model of the other vehicle(s)
  • Weather conditions at the time

Don't speak about the accident with others and don't sign any paperwork before you speak to a lawyer.

8. Make Sure To Record The Event As Soon As Possible

Write down what happened. Writing down as detailed an account of the accident as feasible will help you with your benefits claim down the road. If you can take photos at the scene, including road conditions, property damage, traffic control (lights, stop signs), this is also helpful.

9. Call The Insurance Company

The insurance company needs to be contacted after an accident. Be warned: Insurance adjusters can use what you tell them later on, so make sure not to deviate from the facts.

10. Call A Personal Injury Lawyer As Soon As Possible

You need protection after an accident. Insurance companies know the applicable legislation and the limitations imposed upon accident victims. Without competent counsel to protect you, you may not get the benefits and compensation to which you are entitled.

The lawyers at Martin Sheppard Fraser LLP will protect your rights. We will also strive to get you maximum benefits and compensation entitlements.

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