Your Personal Injury Lawyers
Call 1-888-404-5167
Preszler Injury Lawyers

7 Things Car Accident Victims Mustn’t Forget After a Car Crash in Ontario

Car accident victims are overwhelmed with a number of immediate practical and emotional concerns – it’s no wonder some items are overlooked in the process. Unfortunately, some factors can come back to haunt you if not properly attended to in the wake of an accident.

Below are seven things car accident victims commonly forget to do after a collision.

1. Get Names and Contact Information

Exchange full names and contact information (phone number, email addresses) with everyone involved in the accident. This includes passengers and witnesses, as well as all other drivers.

Ensure you get insurance information and license plate numbers for any vehicle involved in the crash. This information is crucial in the event you pursue a personal injury claim against a negligent driver.

2. Take Photos of the Accident Scene

Take photos of the crash scene and vehicle damage if your injuries will allow. Capture images of any roadway hazards and evidence such as tire marks, debris and wreckage.

3. Choose Words Carefully

Emotions run high immediately after an accident. Refrain from talking about fault or liability with other drivers or witnesses. Phrases like, “It’s all your fault,” or, “I’m so sorry,” can damage your potential case. Likewise, exercise caution when speaking to insurance adjusters about your accident and injuries.

4. Report the Accident to the Proper Authorities

All accidents should be reported promptly to local authorities. You may be required to travel to a Collision Reporting Centre if police decline to respond to the scene of the accident. They may decline only in cases where there are no injuries and minimal property damage. You must report to a Centre within 24 hours of the incident.

5. Maintain All Receipts and Bills

Save all documentation of your out-of-pocket accident expenses. This includes:

  • doctor or hospital bills not covered by OHIP;
  • towing receipts;
  • prescription drug costs;
  • receipts to replace damaged or destroyed personal items (eyeglasses, dentures, clothing and so on); and
  • assistive devices (crutches, wheelchair and so on).

Keep documents in a central location and provide them to your personal injury lawyer. He or she can use this information to put a value on your claim.

6. Create a Detailed Accident Account

Write down as many details as you can about the accident while the memories are fresh. This includes:

  • weather, traffic and road conditions;
  • how the accident occurred;
  • the other driver’s actions;
  • any pain you experienced immediately after the accident; and
  • more.

This account may help your lawyer in investigating your accident and establishing liability.

7. Apply for Accident Benefits within the Required Timeframe

You must report your accident to your insurance company within seven days of the incident. You then must apply for Accident Benefits within 30 days. Accident victims who overlook this step – or are unaware of the deadlines – may lose the right to full compensation. Learn more about what to do after a collision by calling Preszler Injury Lawyers in Ontario at 1-800-JUSTICE® for a free case evaluation.

related videos


Car Accident Lawyers

Hit and Run Injury Claims

Statutory Accident Benefits & Car Accident Claims

Types of Damages in Car Accident Cases

What Are Statutory Accident Benefits?

What Insurance Cuts Mean For Drivers in Ontario

Who to Contact Following a Car Accident
Call us now at

151 Eglinton Ave W,
Toronto, ON
M4R 1A6
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
4145 N Service Rd
Burlington, ON
L7L 4X6
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
2 County Ct Blvd #400,
Brampton, ON
L6W 3W8
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
105 Consumers Drive
Whitby, ON
L1N 1C4
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
92 Caplan Ave #121,
Barrie, ON
L4N 0Z7
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
380 Wellington St Tower B, 6th Floor,
London, ON
N6A 5B5
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
2233 Argentia Rd Suite 302,
East Tower Mississauga, ON
L5N 6A6
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
1 Hunter St E,
Hamilton, ON
L8N 3W1
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
459 George St N,
Peterborough, ON
K9H 3R9
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
22 Frederick Street,
Suite 700
Kitchener, ON N2H 6M6
Fax: 1-855-364-7027
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
116 Lisgar Street, Suite 300
Ottawa ON
K2P 0C2
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
10 Milner Business Ct #300,
Scarborough, ON
M1B 3C6
Toll Free: 1-888-608-2111
*consultation offices

DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the header image and other images throughout this website may include both lawyer and non-lawyer/paralegal employees of Preszler Injury Lawyers and DPJP Professional Corporation and unrelated third parties. Our spokesperson John Fraser, or any other non-lawyer/paralegals in our marketing is not to be construed in any way as misleading to the public. Our marketing efforts are not intended to suggest qualitative superiority to other lawyers, paralegals or law firms in any way. Any questions regarding the usage of non-lawyers in our legal marketing or otherwise can be directed to our management team. Please also note that past results are not indicative of future results and that each case is unique and that case results listed on site are from experiences across Canada and are not specific to any province. Please be advised that some of the content on this website may be out of date. None of the content is intended to act as legal advice as each situation is independent and unique and requires individual legal advice from a licensed lawyer or paralegal. For legal advice on your individual situation – we can provide legal guidance after you have contacted our firm and we have established a lawyer-client relationship contractually. Maximum contingency fee charged is 33%. Finally, our usage of awards and logos for awards does not suggest qualitative superiority to other lawyers, paralegals or law firms. All awards received from third party organizations have been done so through their own reasonable evaluative process and do not include any payment for these awards except for the use of the award logos for our marketing assets. We are also proud to service additional provinces like Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.