Did you hear? Automobile accidents are on the rise in Canada – in British Columbia, car crashes have jumped 23% in just a couple of years. Despite considerable advancements made in auto technology, we continue to get into fender benders or head-on collisions.
So, what’s to blame? The main culprit could be distracted driving. But there’s a panoply of other factors that should enter the conversation: road rage, a lack of vehicle maintenance, and inept motorists. It’s remarkable, or perhaps a miracle, that there aren’t even more car accidents occurring each day on our roads.
Nobody ever wants to get into a car accident. It’s costly, time-consuming, and stressful. From the time you contact your insurance agent to the moment you find out how much the incident cost, you have likely shed a few strands of hair – or perhaps you’ve gotten a bit grayer.
When you get into a car accident, there are plenty things that you need to do and other things that you need to avoid doing to get yourself deeper into trouble.
Here are five things to do after a car accident:
1. Assess the Damage of Your Car
Before we get into assessing the damage, there’s one thing you need to be aware: if the accident isn’t too severe then it would be safer to pull the cars over to the side and away from traffic.
Now, after you have gotten into an accident, you must examine the damage of your automobile as well as the other person’s car. You need to take a look around the entire car – front to back and top to bottom.
You need to ensure that only part of your car was impacted by the car.
2. Snap Plenty of Photos
Everyone has a camera on them nowadays. Each smartphone is equipped with a top-of-the-line camera – photo and video. This is your opportunity to finally utilize the smartphone camera for something important (yes, even more important than taking a selfie at the sushi restaurant).
Don’t be stingy on how many photos you take. Take as many as you want: the car, the scene of the incident, the other person’s car, and perhaps yourself if you think you have been hurt.
3. Collect Information from Driver & Witnesses
Once the coast is clear and you are safe, you need to collect information from the other driver: name, phone number, insurance provider, and email address.
Moreover, if there are any witnesses that may be important to the situation, then gather information, too: name, phone number, and email address.
This is crucial if the insurance companies are investing or you’re going to court.
4. Only Sign One Particular Document
One of the worst things you could ever do in the aftermath of a car accident is to sign documents or any piece of paper for that matter. You must never do this.
In fact, there is only one piece of paper that you should extend your John Hancock to: either a completed towing invoice (ensure the prices are included on the invoice) or the police report.
You could potentially negatively affect yourself if you sign anything else.
5. Never Admit Your Guilt
Let’s face it: Canadians are kind people. They would take the blame for anything even if it weren’t their fault.
That said, when you get out of your vehicle to inspect the damage and speak to the other motorist, you must refrain from conceding fault. Even if you are to blame for the mess, you must never admit your guilt. You never know who or what is listening or recording. Just remain a neutral individual.
Car accidents are on the rise in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and the rest of the country. This means that the odds of getting into an accident have never been higher. You don’t want it to happen, especially when you are not living in a city without much traffic, but that’s the fact of life. But now you know how to handle yourself should you get into an auto collision.
If the incident is quite serious, then it would also be wise to contact a car accident lawyer. This professional will guide you through this tumultuous period.