Accident Checklist: What to Do After a Crash
Knowing ahead of time what you should do after you have been involved in a car accident can help to relieve some of the inevitable stress that is caused by the experience. Whether it’s a minor fender-bender or a major collision, there are steps that need to be taken to ensure everyone is safe, the police have been notified, and that the details have been relayed to your insurance provider. Above all, it is important to remain as calm as possible.
This guide from Capital Ford Winnipeg details the steps you need to take in the event of a minor or major accident. Should your vehicle require any repairs, you can depend on the skilled auto body technicians in our Collision Centre in Winnipeg to restore your car, truck, or SUV to its pre-accident condition.
We’ve also provided a printable version of this Accident Checklist that you can keep in your glovebox. We hope you never need it!
In The Event of An Accident In Winnipeg:
- Stay Calm and Check For Injuries: If anyone is in need of medical attention, you should call an ambulance immediately. Otherwise, stay calm and take deep breaths so you can move forward with the other necessary steps.
- Move your vehicle to safety if it is possible and safe to do so.
- Exchange Driver’s Infor and Document the Accident: MPI provides this form, which can help you know what information you should collect. We’ve also provided this information below. Be sure to take photos, and if there were witnesses to the accident, ask if you can collect their information as well.
- Call the police if necessary: It’s only necessary to call the police in certain situations, which you can read about below.
- Call Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) even if you have no damage to the vehicle or if the police were brought on the scene. Inside of Winnipeg, the number is 204-985-7000.
When to Notify the Police
Contact the police within seven days if your collision involves any of the following:
- Serious injury
- Unlicensed driver
- Unregistered vehicle
- Failure to record driver’s information
- Unidentified vehicle or driver (hit and run)
- Driver suspected to be under the influence of drugs/alcohol
What Information To Collect After an Accident in Winnipeg:
Ask to see the driver’s license, registration, and insurance information. Remember, The Highway Traffic Act requires drivers involved in a collision to provide their information to those who have suffered an injury or damage to their property.
If involved in a collision, you should collect the following information from the other drivers involved:
- Name, address, and phone number
- Vehicle owner’s name (if not the driver)
- License number, province and expiration
- VIN and license plate number
- Vehicle year, make, and model
- Insurance company, policy, agent and number
If the owner of the vehicle is not the driver, get the owner’s name, address, and phone number as well.
Record Accident Information
Before you leave the scene of the accident, you should record an outline of how the collision occurred. Each time we recall a memory, we unconsciously alter it, so the sooner you write down the facts, the more closely it will resemble the truth.
You should record details like the direction your vehicle and the vehicle with which it collided were travelling, each of their speeds, the location of the collision, and the road conditions. Additionally, you should note any signals the other driver made of their intent to proceed as well as how each of you interacted with relevant traffic controls (stop signs, lights, lane markings, et c…).
Follow all of these steps to protect yourself when the worst happens. You can find a detailed list of the information you should record in our downloadable Accident Checklist along with space to draw a diagram of the collision.
How To Get Your Vehicle Repaired After an Accident
- After you call MPI, they will assess you vehicle’s damage.
- MPI will provide you an estimate.
- You can then make an appointment at Capital Ford Winnipeg, where we will restore your vehicle to it’s best possible condition!
Choose Capital Ford Winnipeg For Professional Auto Body Repair
Check out our Collision Centre FAQs to learn more about what to do if you have been involved in an accident and how the auto body repair process works. The expert team at our state-of-the-art Collision Centre has helped drivers throughout the City Centre and St. James-Assiniboia areas take care of all their auto body repair work. Our collision services include dent removal, major auto body repair, painting, and even windshield and auto glass repair and replacement. If you’d like more information or want to schedule a free estimate, please contact us online or give us a call at (204) 900-5788.