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Motor Vehicle Accidents: What to Do On the Scene

This is the third post in the series of MVA articles we are publishing to better assist our patients in their post-collision recovery. Read the essential information and personal injury lawyer facts.


No one wants to be involved in a car collision, but the sad fact is that MVA (motor vehicle accidents) are one of the most common reasons for ER visits and hospitalization. Our clinic has a lot of experience working closely with MVA victims, so we can offer some specific information to help you navigate treatment and claims. Of course, we sincerely hope you never need the information below!


Today, let’s take a look at what to do immediately after a car accident or collision.

What to do if you’ve been involved in an MVA

1) Stay calm. If you or someone in the car is hurt, call 911 and request police assistance.


2) Police must be involved if there are any injuries (even minor) and/or if vehicle damage exceeds $2000.


3) Stay in the car. If you see or smell no smoke, it is safer to stay in the car especially if the collision happened on a busy highway. A state of shock is common in the immediate aftermath of an MVA — you may be injured but not feel like you are hurt. Wait for the emergency services to arrive before leaving the vehicle.


4) Document the scene of the collision if you are able. Take lots of photos and exchange insurance information with every driver involved. If there are witnesses, write down their names and contact information as well.


5) Do not call your insurance company from the scene of the accident. You have 30 days to file a claim. It is better to do so when you are safe and had time to assess the situation. If you are considering hiring a personal injury lawyer, have them contact the insurance company on your behalf.


6) Do not leave the scene of the accident unless cleared to do so by police. Even if no one was hurt and all parties involved agree that a collision report may be filed later, call the non-emergency police number (in Toronto, 416-808-2222) and verify with them first.


Once you are out of danger, you will be able to calmly consider your next steps. Holistic Medical Clinic offers personalized consults, integrated treatment plans and ongoing recovery support for MVA patients. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with our case specialist.