If you have an accident, check out the tips below
What to do if an accident occurs
- Remain Calm. This is a stressful moment and must be dealt with as calmly and rationally as possible.
- In a safe, controlled manner, stop the vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so.
- If possible, move the vehicle off of the roadway, out of the way of traffic.
- Shut off the engine and turn on the 4-way flashers.
- Check yourself for injuries and then others in your vehicle and then the occupants of the other vehicle(s).
- Once the situation has been assessed, call the police, fire and/or ambulance as required.
- If possible, alert other drivers to the scene with flares, flags or other means as required.
- Takes notes about the accident, get the names of all parties involved as well as those of any witnesses. Make a diagram of the accident including direction of travel, estimated speeds and impact points of the vehicles involved.
- Exchange information with the other driver, including drivers license numbers and insurance information. Never, ever discuss blame or fault with anyone other than the police
- If the police attend the scene, get a copy of the police report. Otherwise, make a report at the appropriate police station (RCMP if in a rural area or with City Police if in a city).
- If your vehicle is not drivable, call a tow truck and arrange for them to tow your vehicle to your preferred body shop.