Share information after car accident

If you have had a car crash then you have to give your information to the other driver. The other driver has to give you his/her information. If there is a witness be sure to obtain telephone number and name. Sometimes people will not stick around for long once they see their help is not needed.

Contact and insurance information should be exchanged with all other parties involved. Collect information about the collision and if possible, take pictures. (Turner's Tips suggests that you do not take a picture of an injured person, only vehicles.)

The Collision Report form will help you to remember the types of information you’ll need to record at the scene. Keep it in your glove compartment along with a spare pen.

If the driver of a vehicle is incapable of providing the information required, and there is a passenger capable, the passenger should provide that information. Remember, people can go into shock quickly and sometimes have great difficulty in responding to questions.

If someone refuses to provide their information, document the license plate number, vehicle description and driver description before they leave the scene.

After collecting names and sharing information

After you have exchanged information with all parties involved:

  • If your vehicle is not drivable - you must make arrangements for it to be removed from the road otherwise, a police officer may make those arrangements, and your vehicle will be deemed abandoned.
  • If your vehicle is drivable - you can leave the collision scene.

If the collision involved an unattended vehicle or other property, you must notify the owner of any damage you may have caused. If you are unable to locate the owner, you must securely attach your name, address, phone number, driver’s license number and license plate number to the damaged vehicle.

Do not write out a declaration that you were at fault in the accident. Do not admit liability when you are talking with the other driver(s). This is not the time to be assigning blame. Collect the information and you will worry about who is at fault and what the insurance help will be at a later time.