What to do if you are involved in a car accident

Motor vehicle accidents include motorcycle, truck, bicycle, pedestrian, and car accidents. The following is a list of steps you should take, only if able, as the driver, passenger, or pedestrian involved in a motor vehicle accident.

1. Assess Safety 

Immediately following an accident, take the appropriate steps to ensure your safety and prevent further injury to yourself or your passengers, including turning your hazard lights on. In some circumstances, where there is minor damage or where the roadway itself poses safety concerns, such a highway, it may be advisable to move your car to the side of the road if safe to do so and the vehicle is operable. However, in all cases, you should use your best judgment as to the safest course of action.  

2. Assess Injuries

If someone is injured and there is no immediate threat, such as fire, do not move or move that individual until trained personnel or an appropriate emergency service arrives or you are otherwise instructed to do so by 911.

3. Call the Appropriate Emergency Services

In the event of any car accident, you should notify the police. On PEI, a motor vehicle collision must be reported to the police immediately if it involves injury, death, or results in property damage that exceeds $2,000.00. If there are injuries, no matter how minor, or serious damage to any of the vehicles involved, 911 should be called. The PEI Government has further information on reporting a motor vehicle accident here.

4. Information Gathering

We have a PEI Accident Worksheet that you can download here. Motor vehicle accidents can be stressful and shock-inducing, making it hard to remember the information you need to gather when you are in an accident. Our worksheet will help you gather the necessary information if you are ever in an accident. We recommend you store it in your vehicle, such as the glovebox compartment, so it is accessible when needed.

5. Seek Appropriate Medical Treatment

Attend the Emergency Room or seek out your family doctor as appropriate. In some cases, injuries are not immediately known or felt due to the adrenaline or shock of the event. Make sure to seek the appropriate medical treatment. 

6. Documentation

Once you have left the accident scene, whether or not you were injured, you should make notes of the accident as soon as possible so it is still fresh in your mind. These notes should be as detailed as possible, including how the accident occurred, the date and time, the weather and road and traffic conditions, and whether you had to seek medical treatment. Sign and date your note(s). Our worksheet includes helpful areas for you to fill out if involved in a motor vehicle accident.

7. Report to your Insurance Company

Regardless of the severity, report the accident to your own insurance company no more than a week after the accident. Even if your injuries appear minor at first, report all injuries to your insurance company as they could turn out to be more serious. Your insurer will guide you through the reporting and claim process and may assist you with the associated costs of treatment.

You do not have to speak with the other driver’s insurance company. To seek legal advice on this and the personal injury process generally, we recommend you complete step 8. 

8. Consult the Lawyers for Free at McLellan Brennan Hrga, Barristers & Solicitors

MBH lawyers have the experience and knowledge to assist you if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident. Our team can advise you, start to finish, on the complex personal injury litigation process, including whether you have a claim, the deadlines for starting legal action, and when—if ever—to settle. Our lawyers will ensure you get the compensation you need to move forward.

Contact our team at 902-436-9211 today or through our contact form.