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WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN AN ACCIDENT: PART ONE: What to do Immediately After an Accident

No one ever expects to be involved in a car accident. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident - even if you are at fault – you should immediately take the following steps outlined by the Ontario government:

STOP – you must remain at the scene of the accident. If you fail to do so, you may face criminal prosecution.

ASSESS – Does it look like there is more than $1000 in damage? Are people injured? If you answered yes to either question, call 911 and follow the instructions given by the emergency operator. If not, call the police non-emergency number and follow their instructions.

SECURE – Ensure that you and your vehicle are safe. If you need to move your vehicle, you should take photographs and/or a video of the crash site before moving your car, if possible.

DO NOT ASSUME LIABILITY – even if you think the accident is your fault, do not voluntarily assume liability. Do not sign statements from the other drivers saying you were at fault. Do not make or accept a promise to pay. This should be left to the insurance company and your lawyer.

INFORMATION – Collect the name, address, telephone number and drivers licence number of the drivers. If there are other passengers, collect their names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Record the licence plate numbers of the vehicle, the names and addresses of the registered owners of the vehicle, and the insurance information.

WITNESSES – Collect the names, address, and telephone numbers of any witnesses of the accident.

RECORD – Record details of the accident that you can refer to later. You can write it down, or record a voice memo. Take as much information down as possible, including diagrams. Do not engage with the other driver about whose fault the accident might be. Tell this information to the police.

PHOTOGRAPHS – Take photographs of your injuries and vehicle.

MEDICAL ASSESSMENT – Immediately after the accident see you doctor, or attend the emergency room if necessary. Make sure you report all of your injuries and symptoms to your doctor.

REPORT – Notify your insurance company as soon as possible.

CONTACT LMS - You should contact our injury lawyers Ottawa as soon as possible so that we can provide you a free consultation about your potential claim. Our Accident Lawyers Ottawa can provide you with advice about what your particular rights are in your circumstances.

BUILD YOUR CASE – Read over part two on how to build your case and secure your rights.

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