Getting into an accident can always be scary, the loss of life or long-term injuries are all to real (and a fact of life in modern Canada). Since “forewarned is forearmed” here are a few helpful tips to cut your losses if you are involved in a car accident.
Tip No 1 CALL THE POLICE AND REPORT THE ACCIDENT If your car is in an accident and the person driving was rendered physically incapable of making an accident report, then you, as the owner of the vehicle, should make sure the accident is reported to the police.
Tip No 2 EXCHANGE INFORMATION Drivers must exchange names, addresses phone numbers and insurance information. Tip No 3 GATHER INFORMATION Make a diagram of the accident, showing the positions of the cars before, during, and after impact.
Tip No 4 DON’T ADMIT FAULT Do not sign any pieces of paper. In some states you may be asked to sign traffic tickets–but this in itself is not an admission of guilt or wrongdoing.
Tip No 5 SEE A DOCTOR If you have a head injury, you may need to see a neurologist. Head injuries can occur even though you don’t hit your head. At the very least consult a chiropractor with respect to back and neck injuries.
Tip No 6 REPORT THE ACCIDENT TO INSURANCE COMPANIES After the accident contact your insurance company to inform them of the accident. If the other driver was at fault report the accident to his insurance company.
Tip No 8 HOW TO DEAL SUCCESSFULLY WITH CLAIMS ADJUSTERS You will likely be contacted by a claims adjustor from your own or another parties’ insurance company. If the adjuster is not promptly providing you what, by law, you are entitled to, ask to speak with her supervisor.
Tip No 9 CALL A LAWYER You may want to talk to an attorney to clarify your rights and discuss questions of liability for the accident. And you might need help getting a rental car, getting all the damage repaired on your car, or getting fair value for your car if it is totalled.
Tip No 10 WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE SUED If you are served with a complaint and summons and you have insurance just take the complaint and summons to your insurance agent. This would be the agent for the insurance you had at the time of the accident.
Conclusion The lawyers at Diamond & Diamond™ have over 30 years of experience exclusively in the area of personal injury law in Toronto including car accident law. If you are in any personal injury situation, and need to hire an attorney, Jeremy Diamond is a Personal Injury Lawyer at Diamond and Diamond Law firm. Jeremy Diamond is a very professional and well experienced person.
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