5 Steps to Follow after a Minor Collision
Being involved in even a minor fender bender is nerve-racking and upsetting. Knowing exactly what to do after a collision can make the situation less stressful. Here are some tips on what you should do after a collision.
1. Check everyone involved.
- Check yourself, your passengers, and the occupants of the other vehicle for injuries. If anyone requires immediate assistance, call 911.
2. Check damage.
- If the damage is less than $2,000 in parts only, the incident is not reportable to police. This includes scratches, minor dents, bumper cracks, and broken taillights.
3. Move off the roadway.
- If the vehicles are driveable, move off the roadway to the shoulder, or to the nearest parking lot. Never stand between the vehicles.
4. Exchange information – no matter how minor the collision.
- If your vehicle made contact with another vehicle, bicycle or pedestrian, you’re legally obligated to provide assistance and exchange information. You need to provide your driver license, vehicle registration and insurance information. Always keep your documents organized and handy in case you need them.
5. Stay calm.
- Collisions are an everyday reality out on the roads. Whether you’re at fault or not be patient and forgiving. Talk to the other driver. Remember that if you feel unsafe, we’re just a call away.
Peel police encourages people to check out their road safety tips for more information.