Every year, thousands of people are involved in car accidents on our roadways. There are approximately 160,000 accidents in Canada each year. Close to 3,000 of the people involved in these accidents die as a result of their injuries. Compared to other countries, Canada’s statistics are relatively low, but despite that fact, accidents still happen and it’s important to know what to do after an accident.
The things you should do if you have been in a car accident are:
- Stay calm. Panicking will only make the situation worse.
- Identify several witnesses, as they can be very important in assessing fault in the accident
- Assess the damage, paying close attention to any injuries that require medical attention.
- File an accident report with the police. Make sure you file a report even if the accident is minor. It is important to avoid leaving the scene until the report has been filed.
- Be careful to discuss the details of the accident with only the police. After an accident everyone is shook up and it is sometimes difficult to remember or explain the details surrounding the accident accurately.
- Obtain the names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information for all parties involved in the accident.
- Call your insurance agent to report the claim. If possible, call from the scene of the accident.
- If the accident was caused by another party’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to assess the accident and help you pursue a claim.
Even when you drive carefully, accidents are sometimes hard to avoid. If you have been in a car accident due to someone else’s carelessness, contact our office to receive free advice about your claim. We can help you assess the damages and recover any money that you deserve for your injuries.