How to legally protect yourself after a collision

London, ON, Canada / 106.9 The X

People are bad drivers and shift happens. Next thing you know, you’re involved in a car collision. Getting in a car accident is always a scary situation, especially for new drivers. How you handle it determines how much worse the outcome is.

Young drivers who have never been in an accident before often don’t know what to do. 20 year old Neave Irwin is one of these people.

“I got in a small accident the other day and I didn’t know what to do, whether I call 911 or not, or stay where I am”

Defense Lawyer Gord Cudmore says that the first thing you should do is make sure nobody is hurt. If there are injuries, call 911 immediately and don’t remove the injured person from the car in case of a head or neck injury. He says that there are a couple things to do before leaving the scene.

“You should be getting the information of the other driver, insurance, license, any particulars like that”

It’s also a good idea to take pictures of all the damages, and the road conditions if possible.

They may try to convince you to handle it out of pocket, however that’s not recommended. If you’re not at fault, then the accident won’t hurt your driving record and your insurance won’t go up.

Cudmore has one last piece of advice for young drivers. Never admit fault at the scene of the accident. He says you may think it’s your fault but it’s important to never say it.

 

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