It’s something none of us care to think about, but something all of us need to be prepared for – a collision. When this occurs, we experience a flood of emotions and it’s often difficult to think rationally. That is why it is important that you know exactly what to do in such a circumstance so that you, your vehicle and those involved are properly protected. First and foremost, you want to ensure that everyone involved is safe and unharmed. If someone is hurt or you believe the other driver may be guilty of an offence make sure to call the police immediately. If everyone safe, there are a series of steps you need to take.
- If you are able to safely move your vehicle, move it to the side of the road or away from oncoming traffic. If you are unable to, insure that you turn on your hazard lights and place hazard cones around your vehicle if you have them.
- Always make sure you get the details of the accident!
- The make and model of other vehicle
- Drivers name, address, telephone number and license
- Date and time of accident
- How it happened
- Are there witnesses? If so, get there contact information as well.
- Make sure to get the insurance information of all the drivers involved.
It should be noted that the Insurance Bureau of Canada provides several resources to help you in case of a collision. They have developed an accident report form, as well as tips and quizzes on distracted driving. These are available at http://http://www.ibc.ca/
If you are faced with damages from a collision – Image Honda, Queenston on the Mountain and Queenston on Centennial’s collision centre would be happy to service your needs. Please contact us at 1-888-440-8577 or visit our websites at http://www.imagehonda.com/ or www.queenstonchev.com
By: Amy Cochren
Credit: Insurance Bureau of Canada http://www.ibc.ca/en/Car_Insurance/What _to_do_Accident.asp