What To Do If You Have Been In A Collision

  • Call the police if you are hurt or think you might be hurt
    • The police often will not respond to a collision if there is no injury or the vehicles are not incapacitated.
    • It is vital that the police come if you are hurt;
    • The police will document whose fault the collision was and will obtain all of the information that you will need about the person who caused the collision;
    • The police will obtain statements from the drivers involved and from witnesses who saw what happened;
  • If the police don't come, obtain this information:
    • Name, address, phone number, driver's license number of the other party; name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle if different from the driver; insurance company and policy number; vehicle make, model and license number; witness names, addresses and phone numbers.
  • Take pictures if you can;
  • Go to the hospital, by ambulance if necessary, to get checked out or attended to;
  • If you don't go to the hospital right away, you should get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible to determine if you were injured;
  • Contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected;
  • If the other driver caused the collision, you may be entitled to compensation for:
    • damage to your vehicle;
    • medical expenses;
    • loss of earnings;
    • pain and suffering;
    • disfigurement or scarring.