5 Things To Do Following A Car Accident In Ontario
If you have been involved in a car accident in Ontario and have been injured – you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Some of the compensation available for accident victims include but are not limited to attendant care costs, medical expenses, house keeping costs, travel costs to attend medical appointments, loss of income or business income, out of pocket expenses and potentially more. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident in Ontario – we recommend you contact our law firm and speak directly with one of our Richmond Hill personal injury lawyers for a free initial consultation.
Unfortunately, accident statistics continue to rise in Ontario and as a result – we thought it would be a good opportunity to write an article on what to do following a car accident in Ontario should you ever be involved in one.
Here are 5 things to do immediately following a car accident in Ontario.
- Stay calm and call 911: The first thing to do is stay calm and call 911. Regardless of whether people have been injured, calling 911 will ensure that first responders arrive on the scene to make sure you are kept out of harm’s way and also attend to any individuals who may have been injured in the car accident. In most instances following a car accident – the individuals may be in a state of shock, so we recommend you try your best to stay calm if possible. It is imperative that any injured individuals receive immediate and proper medical care following the accident. Sometimes injuries may not immediately manifest following a car accident and take days to emerge such as concussions or sprains so ensure you receive medical treatment at your earliest opportunity.
- Assess the scene: Before getting out of your vehicle – ensure that it is safe to get out of the vehicle especially if you are injured. If possible, take mental notes and try and recollect what happened immediately before the accident as this information is important to pass onto the police for the accident report.
- Exchange information with other drivers involved and obtain contact information of witnesses: When it is safe to do so – ensure that you exchange insurance information and drivers licence information of all parties involved in the accident. This information is also important to provide in the accident report.
- If possible, take photos of the accident scene: If you have your cellphone or camera handy then we recommend you take photos of the accident scene if possible and only when it safe to do so. Do not put yourself in harm’s way to take photos of the accident scene.
- Inform the insurance company and contact a personal injury lawyer: After you have been treated for your injuries and are back at home or the hospital – we recommend you contact a personal injury lawyer and also inform your insurance company. There are time frames to follow so the sooner you contact the insurance company and a personal injury lawyer, the better.
At Blackburn Lawyers – our Richmond Hill personal injury law firm has been helping injured victims of car accidents obtain compensation for their injuries across the Greater Toronto Area since the firm’s inception. Contact our law firm today for a free initial consultation with a Richmond Hill personal injury lawyer to see if you may qualify for additional compensation for your injuries. A personal injury lawyer is on stand-by and will be ready to go over details of your case and advise you on whether or not we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Disclaimer: Please be advised that this blog is intended to act as a general overview on a legal topic and does not constitute legal advice. Each legal issue is unique and in order to get qualified legal advice we recommend you consult with a Richmond Hill personal injury lawyer on this topic. For more information on what to do following a car accident in Ontario (if you have been injured) – contact our law firm and speak with an injury lawyer for free for your first consultation. Please note that lawyer-client relationships are only established after you have signed a retainer agreement with our firm.