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What are some good steps to take after a crash?

After a car accident in Ontario, you need to know what to do. This is a chaotic and confusing time, so knowing what steps to take in advance can really help, allowing you to take proper action when you don't have time to sit down and think it all out. The following seven steps can help.

1. Stop your vehicle. Never leave the crash scene. No matter who is at fault, you must at least wait for the police.

2. Help those who are injured. However, it is important not to move them, as you could make their injuries worse. At the same time, call emergency services.

3. Get your car onto the shoulder of the road. Leaving it in the road increases the risk of another accident.

4. Exchange your information with any other drivers who were involved. This includes insurance information and contact information.

5. Talk to witnesses and passengers, and get their information as well, if you can. When the police arrive, they'll want to know who the witnesses are as they decide who was at fault.

6. Write out any notes about the accident. It sometimes helps to draw a diagram. Doing this while the details are fresh in your mind can help. If you have a smartphone, it may even have an app that you can use to make this diagram.

7. Contact your insurance company. Once you have everything else figured out, it's time to start thinking about payments, compensation, repairs and things of this nature.

If you were injured in the wreck, you may be able to get compensation for lost wages, medical bills, and much more.

Source: Financial Services Commission of Ontario, "What to do After an Auto Accident," accessed July 16, 2015

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