What to Do in the event of an Accident

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You have been in a car accident. What do you do? Even the best drivers get into accidents. To help you, here are step by step instructions on what you should do when you get into an auto accident.

 

STEP 1 Stop. If your vehicle is involved in an accident 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 accident — you may aggravate their injuries.

 

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 of others involved as will be required for police reports and insurance.

 

STEP 6 Call your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. 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 accident.