Important Steps To Take After A Car Accident in Toronto
Car accidents are part of the unforeseen occurrences in life. Although there is a high level of technological measures to totally reduce the frequency of accidents in Toronto, car accidents still happen. Irrespective of the high carefulness displayed by a driver, the unexpected still happens sometimes. As long as cars travel the roads, an accident might happen one way or the other.
Knowing this, it is good to know the things to do just in case an accident happens. Knowing the right accident protocols to take when an accident happens will help you avoid unnecessary costs and more damage. If you can, keep a checklist of what to do after an accident with you or in your car. You may be too emotionally stressed to remember them all if an accident happens.
Here are a few steps you should take after a car accident happens:
STEP 1: STOP YOUR CAR AND ENSURE YOUR SAFETY
After an accident, ensuring your safety is the first action you should take. Carefully stop your car, and ensure everyone is fine. Confirm if anyone needs medical attention and be quick to act on it. Check your body for any cuts, or minor wounds. If you feel you are not safe in the area of the accident, remain in the car.
All in all, your safety and health are very important. Be sure you are fine and everyone with you is fine too.
STEP 2: DON’T PANIC
After stopping your car and assessing your safety, calm yourself down and do the same for anyone in the car with you. You will only be able to do every other thing you need to do after an accident when you are calm. Breathe in, breathe out and reassure yourself that everything is fine.
A calm emotional state helps you stay balanced and on top of the situation. Don’t panic.
STEP 3: SURVEY THE SITUATION
After performing the above steps, it’s time to survey the situation of your car and the impact of the accident in general. Turn off your car engine and put on the hazard light to help others see the accident scene ahead.
Proceed to inspect the accident scene and your car’s condition. Assess the level of damage done to your car whether its major or minor.
In addition, check for any potential hazard that might be at the scene of the accident. If you find broken glass or gasoline leaking from the accident, you will need to move away from the accident scene with anyone with you to avoid any more injuries.
After your survey, make a decision on whether staying in your car or moving away from the car will be best for you, depending on what environment you are in.
STEP 4: CALL FOR HELP
If there’s anyone that requires medical attention from the accident you should immediately call an ambulance to come to the scene of the accident. You can also call the police to ensure your safety at the accident scene.
Brief them of the situation at hand and give them your exact location for quick intervention. If you are too stressed to place a call to any of the local authorities, ask someone to help you with that.
STEP 5: RECORD DETAILS ABOUT THE CAR ACCIDENT
The next step to take is to record information about the car accident for future references. It is very important you have specific details about the accident because they will be needed for insurance purposes and consulting a lawyer too. Record the details in a safe place where you will not lose them. Take photos of the accident scene, your car and the other vehicle to demonstrate how the accident happened.
You should record the date of the accident, time of the accident, the weather conditions during the accident, the road conditions of the accident location, all license plate numbers, your estimated speed and that of the other driver, witnesses involved and their contact information, the description of the accident and a diagram of the accident.
Also, record the details about the other driver involved in the accident. Find out whether the other driver’s car is for personal use or for an organization. If the car is for an organization, you will need to contact the company the driver works with. Put down the driver’s name, registration, license number and insurance information.
STEP 6: INFORM YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY.
As soon as possible, call your insurance company and intimate them with the situation of the accident. Give them every necessary detail you have gathered from the scene of the accident earlier. After briefing your insurance company, request an estimate of the cost of insurance coverage for the accident from them. Be in touch with them in case you discover anything that will help them work on your insurance.
You can also give them the other driver’s insurance details as this will help them sort out the matter faster.
STEP 7: TALK TO A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Some people suffer personal injuries or long-term disabilities after an accident. These people will need some form of compensation to help them with the costs of medical care and treatment. Even though compensation might not take away the injury or damage done, it will go a long way in bringing things back to normal again. With compensation, you can access intensive medical care that will help you recover faster.
At Benjamin Law, we are here to help you with getting the compensation you deserve. We have a team of experienced personal injury and long-term disability lawyers in the Greater Toronto that will work with you in getting compensation that will relieve you of financial burdens that come from your accident.
It can be emotionally devastating to be unable to access the care you need after a personal injury. We are here to make sure you don’t go through this at Benjamin Law. Contact us and let’s help you out.
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