By: Aviva Canada
April 12, 2021
You hear the sound of crunching metal, your heart is racing, your palms are sweating – you’ve just been in an accident. It’s minor and thank goodness no one has been injured, but what now? Once you’ve caught your breath, there are certain things that you need to do to ensure that your day doesn’t get any worse.
Accident planning and awareness are crucial, as every year 500,000 Canadians are involved in auto collisions.
Auto accidents are not something that any driver wants to think about but being prepared for a collision makes a very stressful situation a little more manageable.
Here are few ways to ease the post-accident process:
- Safety first: Make sure that you and the occupants of your car are safe and move off the road to prevent further injury.
- Make a list: Thinking clearly is difficult after a collision. Remove the pressure of trying to remember what you need to do by writing a list and keeping it in the glove compartment.
- Exchange information: Exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance company information, driver’s license numbers and license plates with each individual involved in the accident—all of this data will be necessary when filing an accident report and an insurance claim.
- Photograph the damage: Snap a picture of the damage. Photos will help settle any disputes about the extent of damage to the vehicles.
- File an accident report: Most provinces require that you report any accident where damage exceeds a specified amount to a collision reporting centre or the police.
Accidents do happen so being prepared is a driver’s best option. If you have an accident, contact us during regular office hours and we will guide you through the process. After hours and on weekends, your insurance company can be contacted if you need immediate attention.
The content in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as professional or expert advice.
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