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What To Do If You Have a Car Accident

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April 11, 2013

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    What Should I do If I’m Involved in a Car Accident?

    The first thing to do when involved in an Ottawa car accident is stop.  If you don’t stop you are at risk of being charged with a criminal offence.

    The next thing to do is call 911.  You should call 911 if anyone might be injured, if any of the drivers appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if there is any significant damage to the cars.

    Third, if it is safe to do so you can move your car to the side of the road, out of traffic.

    Fourth, make sure to write down the names, addresses, and telephone and driver’s license numbers of all of the other drivers, the license plate numbers of the other cars, as well as the names and addresses of the registered owners of the cars, and the insurance information for each of the other cars.

    You should also write down the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of passengers and witnesses and record some details about the scene of the accident.

    Report the accident to your broker, agent, or insurance company as soon as possible after the accident.

    If you have any injuries or any questions about your rights contact a lawyer at McNally Gervan LLP as soon as possible.   You may be entitled to medical, rehabilitation and income replacement benefits and you may have a claim against the driver of the car who caused the accident.  There are important time limits which cannot be missed and it is better to get legal advice sooner rather than later.  At McNally Gervan LLP we offer free consultations.

    What Shouldn’t I do? 

    Do not leave the scene without stopping and exchanging information with the other drivers involved.

    Do not argue with other drivers and passengers.  Wait for the police to arrive and tell them what happened.

    Do not admit liability or take responsibility, sign statements regarding fault, or promise to pay for damage at the scene of the accident.

    Do not hesitate to get medical attention and legal advice.  Many injured people do not realize they are hurt for hours or even days after an accident.  And many people never learn about their legal rights.


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