STEP 1 - Stop. If your vehicle is involved in an accident and you don't stop, you may be subject to criminal prosecution for leaving the scene of an accident.
STEP 2 - If anyone is injured, if the total damage to all the vehicles involved appears to be MORE than $1,000, or if you suspect that any of the other drivers involved are guilty of a Criminal Code offense (such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol), call 911 and 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! Let the paramedics determine what has to be done at the scene of the accident.
If no one is injured and total damage to all the vehicles involved appears to be LESS than $1,000, call your local police for instructions. Police units may or may not be dispatched to the scene. If local police do not attend the scene of the accident, they will instruct you to report to a Collision Reporting Centre within 24 hours.
Collision Reporting Centres are police facilities created to assist motorists in reporting motor vehicle accidents. At the reporting centre you will be assisted in completing a police report, and damage to the vehicle will be photographed.
Collision Reporting Centres are currently available in a number of jurisdictions across Ontario. Visit: www.accsupport.com or call: (416) 745-3301 to locate the Collision Reporting Centre nearest to you.
If there isn't a Collision Reporting Centre in the area of the accident, the police will ask you to go to the nearest police station to file a report.
STEP 3 - If it is safe to do so, 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 4 - Write down the names, addresses, telephone and driver's license numbers of all of the other drivers, the licence plate numbers including province/state of the other vehicles, as well as the names and addresses of the registered owners of the vehicles, and the auto insurance information (pink slip) for each of the other vehicles. If you have a camera or cell phone, take pictures of the damaged vehicles and the other driver(s) and persons involved. Call the police if the other driver does not cooperate with the exchange of their information, especially if they do not present you with the following 3 items - a valid driver's license, ownership and auto insurance 'pink' slip.
Important...Have pictures taken, if possible using your cell phone or a camera, of the cars involved showing the damage sustained (don't forget yours), the immediate scenery (roadway conditions, intersection, etc.); and 'candid' pictures of the other driver(s). Lastly, have someone take pictures of you especially demonstrating any of your injuries such as scrapes, cuts, bruises, fractures, etc. These pictures may be handy to be presented as evidence if your case goes to a 'tort' court proceeding.
STEP 5 - Also obtain the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of passengers and witnesses.
STEP 6 - Jot down specific details about the scene of the accident, using the accident worksheet provided at the Collision Reporting Centre.
STEP 7 - Report the accident to your broker, agent or insurance company as soon as possible after the accident.
STEP 8 - If you are experiencing any symptoms and/or require advice as to what to do next, please call us at Advanced Healthcare and ask to speak with Dr. Irving Pisarek, Founder and Clinic Director. He can be reached at (416) 633-3000 or click here to send an email.
- 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.
- Be careful of unauthorized tow truck operators pressuring you to have your vehicle towed, demanding immediate payment for the tow, or attempting to take your vehicle to a garage or body shop of their choice. They may try to use the confusion of the moment to intimidate you into allowing your vehicle to be towed. If you feel you are being pressured, ask the police for the name of an authorized tow truck operator and have your vehicle towed to a Collision Reporting Centre or a police compound until you can talk to your insurance company.
- Be careful of insurance company representatives or tow truck operators pressuring you to go to a doctor, clinic or collision repair shop of their choice. You are allowed to go to the clinic of your choice. You do not need a family doctor's recommendation to begin chiropractic rehabilitation treatment as chiropractors are "primary-care" health practitioners.