What to Do if You Have Been in an Automobile Accident
You’ve been in an auto accident. Now what? Follow these steps:
- If the accident is an emergency, dial 911. (It’s an emergency if anyone is injured or you’re blocking traffic.)
- If the accident is not an emergency, call your local police department. You should always call the police as you will require a police report to file a claim. If you’re in the Ottawa region, contact the local police at 613‑230‑6211.
- If safe to do so, quickly document the accident with pictures and video.
- If possible, move the vehicles out of traffic. Do not drive the vehicle if it is not safe to do so.
- Fill out a police report (this is required for many insurance companies to start a claim). Note the badge numbers of the responding officers.
- Record details of the accident including date, time, location, weather, road conditions and anything else relevant.
- If possible, get the license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, contact information, and insurance information from others involved in the accident.
- If possible, get witness contact information.
- Contact your insurance company or broker for advice and to open a claim. They may advise you as to where your vehicle should be towed if it is not driveable.
- If your vehicle is not driveable, arrange for it to be towed to a holding lot or repair facility. You should arrange to have someone pick you up or be prepared to take a taxi or public transit to your home or other destination.
Make no comments or admit any blame for the accident to the other driver(s). Your insurance company will determine fault based on the fault determination rules regulated by the government.