SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT AND DO IF YOU HAVE A CAR ACCIDENT IN OTTAWA
Chances of getting into a car accident
Each year thousands of persons are involved in traffic accidents with all the attendant suffering, expenses and litigation.
Some statistics say that one in every four drivers can expect to have an accident during the next year.
To protect your interests and fulfill your obligations as a driver in the event of an accident . . . follow the steps outlined in this brief article.
They could save a life and will simplify the resulting police, insurance and legal aftermath of a car accident.
Repairs and Rental
? You have the choice of where your car shall be repaired.
? To be sure your car is properly repaired, get an estimate from someone you trust.
? You generally have the right to a rental car while your car is being repaired.
THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER DOING
? STOP IMMEDIATELY.
? SAFELY GET CLEAR OF TRAFFIC IF POSSIBLE.
? TURN OFF IGNITION.
? LEAVE LIGHTS OR SIGNALS ON IF PRACTICAL AND SAFE!
? ESTABLISH DRIVER OF OTHER VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY.
? WARN ONCOMING TRAFFIC (FLARES OR FLAGGING).
? NOTIFY POLICE –ASK THEM TO CALL AMBULANCE, ETC.
? OBTAIN INFORMATION FROM OTHER DRIVER SUCH AS THEIR NAME, ADDRESS, LICENCE PLATE NUMBER, MAKE AND MODEL OF THEIR CAR AND INSURANCE POLICY NUMBER/NAME OF THEIR INSURER.
? SHOW LICENCE, REGISTRATION AND INSURANCE PROOF, TO OTHER DRIVER AND POLICE.
? NOTIFY YOUR INSURANCE AGENT OF THE ACCIDENT PROMPTLY.
? CONTACT AN INJURY LAWYER IF YOU WERE INJURED.
THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO
? DO NOT smoke – there is always a danger of fire.
? DO NOT get involved in an argument with anyone connected with the accident – try to stay calm.
? DO NOT admit any responsibility for anything at all.
? DO NOT sign anything except for what the police say you are legally obligated to sign.
? DO NOT disclaim injury before seeing a Doctor. Often, your injuries obly become known hourd or even days later.
Ottawa car accident lawyers. 613-315-4878 (Marc N. Quinn)