Toronto is a big city. It is home to nearly three million people, and plenty of traffic. Canadians drive more miles on average than citizens of all but three other countries, so it’s no surprise that traffic around Toronto (Canada’s biggest city) can be notoriously bad. And this can lead to car accidents.
If you’re involved in a car accident on Toronto’s busy streets and highways, you’ll find yourself in a very stressful and still potentially dangerous situation, so be careful: act calmly and wisely, and keep in mind what you should do after a car accident.
Safety first through common sense
The very first thing that you should do after a car accident is determine whether or not you are hurt. Next, check on your passengers. Finally, check on the driver/passengers in the other car and any pedestrians in the area (if you are able to safely do so). If anyone is hurt, call 911 immediately.
What you should do next is make sure that there will be no further injuries on the scene. You need to put safety first after an accident. But that won’t always look the same, and you’ll need to use your common sense. For instance, it may be safest to stay in your car, or it may be very important to get out (if your car is smoking or leaking anything, get out). It may be wise to move your vehicle to the side of the road or the shoulder, but that won’t always be possible.
Sometimes, your best bet is to exit your car and get off of the road on foot, but be very careful not to endanger yourself if you choose to do so. If there are cars whipping past you and your vehicle’s position is not dangerous to them, then stay put.
Do you have to call the police?
In Toronto, you are legally required to call the police if there are any injuries or more than $2,000 in damage. But it may be a good idea to call the police no matter what.
That’s because the police can make an official report which records all of the details from the scene of the accident. That can be a valuable thing when you later deal with insurance companies — or if you end up in court because of this accident.
Once everyone is safe and you have your copy of the police report (don’t forget to ask for it), call your insurance company and report the accident. From there, you may want to consider your legal options.
When car accidents lead to lawsuits
You should practice defensive driving, drive a vehicle with great safety features, and use your common sense. But even if you do all that, not everyone else does, and you can never completely eliminate your risk of an accident.
Sometimes, the consequences of an accident fall unfairly on those who did everything right. If you were injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you should reach out to a car accident lawyer Toronto has to offer right away.
Why? Because you may have the makings of a successful personal injury lawsuit. It’s not fair that you should have to deal with medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses just because some other party was negligent. With the right personal injury attorney in your corner, you could fight for your rights and win compensation for these damages.
You’ll want to act fast. Schedule a consultation and bring the police report, medical bills, insurance information, pay stubs, and other documentation related to your claim. From there, your attorney can help you determine what steps to take.