Stay cool and report the accident to the police if you’ve been in a car crash. One can face criminal prosecution for fleeing the scene of an accident. The Financial Services Commission of Ontario recommends staying calm and not admitting fault or agreeing to pay for damages at the site of an accident.
Calling 911 to report the accident right away is strongly recommended. It is imperative that the 911 Operator be informed of any injuries so that appropriate medical personnel can be sent to the scene.
If no one is hurt and the damage to the vehicles is less than $2,000, the 911 operator may tell you that the police won’t be coming to the scene and instead send you to the nearest Collision Reporting Centre. This online tool can help you find your local CRC (Collision Reporting Centre). Make sure you have the other driver’s full name, address, and phone number, as well as information about their insurance and their Ontario license plate number, when the 911 operator tells you to go to the nearest Collision Reporting Centre. You should also acquire their names and numbers if there are any eyewitnesses.
Please take as many photographs as you can after calling the cops. Get pictures of the scene, including your vehicle and any other vehicles involved and any witnesses. Take into account the current climate and traffic.
When the cops show up, they’ll ask you to fill out a lengthy report. This is the only document you should sign at the scene, so give it some thought before putting your name to it. Officers will give you a business card with their name, badge number, and phone number so you can get in touch with them later. They might also provide you a report number for the incident. You should remember every piece of this advice.
If any of the vehicles require towing, remember which company picked them up.
Keep all of your receipts if you go to the hospital or a therapist soon after an accident occurs. This will help you get reimbursed for any out-of-pocket costs you incurred because of the collision.
A vehicle accident lawyer in Toronto can explain your legal options and advocate on your behalf to the insurance company, so you get the money you deserve.
TIMELINES AFTER ONTARIO VEHICLE ACCIDENT
If you want to get benefits after an accident, you must notify your insurance provider within seven (7) days of the accident’s occurrence.
They’ll mail you an application for benefits; fill it out and send it back to them within 30 days after receiving the packet.
You have two (2) years from the date of the accident in which you or a member of your family suffered a significant and permanent harm due to the negligence of a motorist to file a lawsuit against that driver for damages.
HOW MUCH AM I ENTITLED TO IN REIMBURSEMENT?
In Toronto, our vehicle accident lawyers have successfully sued for damages including:
Amounts lost in present and future wages
Medications for Rehabilitation
Services for the care of the attendant
Assistance with housecleaning duties
Separation from a friend or loved one
Inability to find your way due to a lack of direction
Lack of concern
If you’ve been in a car accident, you need to talk to a lawyer ASAP.
Having a skilled automobile accident attorney on your side might make all the difference in court. Getting in touch with a lawyer that specializes in vehicle accidents in Toronto as soon as possible is highly recommended. An accomplished Toronto car accident lawyer will get to work on your case right away, gathering and protecting crucial evidence in support of your claims and arranging for medical assistance in the form of home care and occupational therapists to be available as soon as you are released from the hospital.
You have the right to select the occupational therapist who will best serve your needs and ensure that you receive the necessary treatment, as well as the documentation of your condition and treatment.
REACH OUT TO OUR AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS RIGHT AWAY
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