10 things to do after being involved in a car accident
- Stay at the Scene
Never leave the scene of the accident, even if you are convinced that you may have caused the accident. If possible, move the vehicle off the road to a safe location. Stop the car, turn off the engine, and turn on the hazard lights. Leaving the scene of the accident can be a criminal offence!
- Call 911
Always call 911 as soon as possible in order to get medical assistance and police assistance. Explain the situation clearly and calmly to the operator.
- Exchange Information
If possible, locate the other party and exchange drivers license, plate number and insurance information with them. Also take down additional information such as phone numbers and a visual description of the vehicles involved.
- Take Pictures
Picture evidence is your friend! In many cases where liability for the accident is in dispute, having a good document of pictures can help your case! It is also important to have pictures to gauge the extent of the vehicle damages and any visible personal injuries.
- Seek Medical Care
If necessary, go to the hospital to treat any injuries. Make sure to keep all relevant documents and receipts for medical purchases and prescriptions. They will be critical for determining if you are entitled to further medical and rehabilitation expenses.
- Start Making a Record
When you or a relative or friend are able to do so, make a record of the accident location, possible witnesses, the speed at which the vehicles were travelling, and information that was exchanged.
- Contact your Insurance Company
When safe to do so, call your insurance company. There will be an adjuster in charge of your file; answer all questions honestly and to the best of your knowledge.
- Report the Accident
The insurance company may require you to report the accident in person to the nearest collision centre. As usual, keep records of all documentation, including all paperwork, the collision centre number and police officer number.
- Keep Documentation
The importance of an organized and full file must be emphasized. A well-kept file of documents can help your case immensely in dealing with opposing parties and insurance companies. Also take note of any witnesses that can testify on your behalf. When you are ready, present these documents to your lawyer.
- Contact a law firm that specialises in personal injury law such as Grillo Barristers
The experience of being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be harrowing and stressful. You may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. It is important to speak with legal experts to determine what your rights and options under the law are. Fortunately, here at Grillo Barristers we have over 30 years of experience in dealing with these matters and have helped thousands of clients just like you recover millions of dollars for their injuries. Call us today at 416-614-6000 for a free consultation!