What to Do in Case of a Motor Vehicle Collision
Getting involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident whether or not it is the fault of your own can be an intimidating and emotional experience. Typically, the local police get involved, and they decide whether or not the charges should be considered to be criminal in nature or as a traffic act violation. In most situations, this may be your first interaction with the police and it is important that you understand the obligations you need to go through with respect to a motor vehicle collision in Canada.
Here are a few suggestions that you must consider in case of a motor vehicle collision in any part of Canada –
1. Remember to always report the accident to the police. Especially if someone is injured or the total damages to all vehicles exceed $1000.
2. If you are injured you or need to settle an insurance claim, you may require getting in touch with your ICBC lawyer.
3. Right after the collision, if your vehicle is drivable to a safer location, make sure you take it out of the traffic and exchange all relevant information with all the other drivers that are involved.
4. Remember to exchange full information such as the names of the other drivers, their addresses, telephone numbers, driver’s license numbers, insurance details with respect to the name of the company, policy number, as well as vehicle details such as the year of manufacturing, its make and details on the model.
5. Also obtain contact information from any witnesses. Witnesses cannot be passengers or people that are directly acquainted with either party involved.
6. If your vehicle is not in the position to be moved, a tow truck will be required to take it to closest Collision Reporting Centre. The tow truck company is legally bound to drop your vehicle at the Collision Reporting centre and one is not allowed to bring it to a repair shop immediately.
7. You must contact your insurance agent for instructions on how to manage claims and further steps that need to be taken. You must contact the insurance company as soon as possible so that you can confirm your insurance coverage and understand if you are entitled to any additional services such as car rentals, repair, etc.
8. Even if it may have been your fault, do not accept the fault of the accident without having talked to a legal professional.
9. Remember not to get any repairs such as installing the spare tire or patching damaged dire, until the insurance claims and other settlements are cleared.
In this entire experience you may also have to deal with a number of police officials and other authorities. Instead of dealing with the entire turmoil all by yourself, It is best to have a great lawyer by your side through this turmoil to make sure that no party involved makes a loss.
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