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You’ve been in a car accident — now what? (PART 2)

In our last post we began a discussion on what to do if you have been in a car accident. After you stop your vehicle and contact the police, there are a few things you can do in order to document the events that happened.

Before you start collecting information, make sure the vehicles are out of harm’s way. If at all possible, move the vehicles to the side of the road. If the vehicle can’t be driven, turn on the hazard lights or use flares or warning triangles to indicate that the vehicle is on the road.

Start by getting the other driver’s information. You will need to know their name, address, phone number and driver’s license number. Jot down their license plate number as well and get the insurance information related to the vehicle. You may also need to know who the registered owner of the vehicle is, especially if it is not the actual driver. Remember, it’s important to make sure that the driver or anyone else involved is not injured. Tending to injured individuals is the first priority.

After that, see if you can get the names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses to the crash. There may have been drivers that witnessed the crash and stopped to help. Finally, write down any relevant information that may be helpful in order to recall the details of the crash. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario website provides an “Accident Worksheet” that you can print out and keep in your vehicle that will help you remember what information to write down. This information will also be helpful when you are reporting the accident to your insurance company.

If you, a friend or a family member are victims of someone’s negligence and suffering from injuries and losses, contact us to speak to one of our lawyers to know your rights and what steps you should be taking in order to protect your rights for the future.

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