August is peak travel month and as more Canadians take to the roads, the greater the potential for a car accident, be it a minor fender-bender or something more major.
In the wake of a collision it’s important to know which steps to take:
- Stay calm, keep yourself and others safe. If you can’t get out of your car, turn on your hazard lights.
- If anyone is injured, call 911.
- Look at the accident scene and make sure that you are not in danger of being hit by another vehicle.
- Exchange information with the other drivers involved. Get their names, addresses, phone numbers, licence information, insurance company name and policy number.
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses who are at the scene.
- Take photographs of the accident, including the damage to the car and road conditions.
- Call your insurance company right away.
No one plans on having an accident, however you can plan on getting expert advice and professional repair service at B & D Auto and Glass Ltd by calling 604-255-6383.
If anyone’s injured, call 911.
Move the vehicles off the road if it’s safe to do so.
Avoid discussing who’s at fault for the crash.
Record the following for all the vehicles and drivers involved in the crash:
• driver’s name, driver’s licence no., province/state and contact info
• licence plate and year, make and model of vehicle
• insurance details if the vehicle isn’t from B.C.
(You may also need to provide this information to the police).
See if there were any witnesses. Record their names and contact info.
Describe the crash scene (if possible take photos):
• What was the time, date and weather conditions?
• What was the location?
• What direction were you both traveling?
• Where was your vehicle and what lane were you using?
• Where was the other vehicle?
You can always stop by BD Autobody & Glass and pick up a free point-by-point Accident Report Card to keep in your glove box –just in case.
HIGH-RISK DRIVING AWARENESS CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING
From May 15 to June 15, ICBC and police are running a high-risk driving awareness campaign. This campaign reminds drivers to slow down so they can be more prepared to expect the unexpected.
The month-long campaign includes enhanced police enforcement and volunteer Speed Watch deployments in high crash locations. The aim is to help drivers avoid high-risk driving behaviours because fewer crashes and injuries lower claims costs and help keep rates as low as possible.