After you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, there are various things that you should do. Mentioned here are some of the steps you should take after an accident.
After your vehicle has been involved in an accident, you should stop failure to which you may be subject to a criminal prosecution.
- Call Emergency Number
If you feel that the damage incurred or the injury incurred is more than $1,000, you should call 911 immediately. Additionally, if you suspect the other driver to be guilty of a criminal offence, such as driving under the influence of alcohol, you should also call 911 and follow the instructions given by the operator.
- Do Not Move the Victims
If anyone is injured in the accident, you should refrain from moving them as this may aggravate the injuries. If no one has been injured, but the vehicle is damaged, you should call the local police. a unit will be dispatched to attend to your situation within a short period. If there is no unit to respond to your case, you will be instructed to report the matter to the nearest Collision Reporting Centre before 24 hours are over. The collision reporting centres are specially created to help motorists out in the event of a collision. At the centre, you will be assisted to make a report and the damage on your vehicle will be photographed. To locate a collision reporting centre near you, you may go to www.accsupport.com or dial (416) 745-3301. If there is no collision reporting centre near you, you will be advised to visit the nearest police station and file a report
- Move The Vehicle To A Safer Place
If it is safe to do so, move your vehicle to one side of the road and away from traffic. You should also turn on the hazard lights, use warning triangles, cones or flares to warn other motorists. After this, you can use your phone or a digital camera, if you happen to have one, to take pictures of the scene, preferably before the involved vehicles are moved from the scene. You may also use your cell phone to record the important information, relating to the accident.
- Record The Details Of The Drivers
You should then record the information of the drivers involved in the accident, including the names, telephone numbers and addresses. You should also record the licence plate numbers of the vehicles involved in the accident. If any, you should also record the names, telephone numbers and addresses of the witnesses and passengers of the vehicles involved in the motor vehicle accident. You should also write down any relevant information, regarding the scene of accident, preferably using an accident worksheet.
- Report to Your Insurance Broker or Company
After all these steps, you should report the incident to your insurance broker or company and avoid arguing with the other driver. This should be done as soon as possible to allow you to file an insurance claim.
In most cases, the victims of Motor vehicle accidents get terrified and confused after the incident. Instead of panicking, you should follow these steps to be on the safe side.