|Description||Motor Vehicle Accident/Collision |
Any incident in which bodily injury or damage to property is sustained as a result of the movement of a motor vehicle, or of its load while a motor vehicle is in motion.
Personal Injury Accident/Collision
A motor vehicle collision in which at least one person involved sustains bodily injuries not resulting in death.
Property Damage Accident/Collision
A motor vehicle collision in which no person sustains bodily injury, but in which there is damage to any public property or damage to private property including damage to the motor vehicle or its load.
Motor Vehicle Accident Reporting
By law, all motor vehicle collisions must be reported to the police if there are any personal injuries or fatalities, and where damage to vehicles is $1,000 or more. Damage to public or private property must also be reported to the police. Motorists involved in a collision are required to provide their name, address, driver's licence number, licence plate number, insurance information, and the name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle to police and to any person involved in the collision.
Every driver involved in a collision must remain at the scene of the collision to offer assistance when needed especially where there are injuries or fatalities. The penalty for failing to report a collision and/or failing to provide the required information is a fine of $200 to $1,000, three demerit points, a possible jail term and suspension of your driver's licence. The penalty for leaving the scene of a collision also includes seven demerit points.
When reporting a collision to police that does not involve injuries or fatalities, you may be instructed to go to a self-reporting collision centre or a police station. Police will attend the scene of collisions involving a fatality or injury, collisions involving three or more vehicles, or where towing is required.
What are Collision Reporting Centres?
A Collision Reporting Centre is a facility created to help motorists in reporting motor vehicle collisions. This service is currently available in a number of urban centres. No fees are charged. Not currently a centre in the Niagara Region, however the NRP are looking into implementing one.
What actions should I take before going to a Collision Reporting Centre?
If it is safe to do so, remove vehicles from the roadway.
Call Police to ensure police presence is not required and obtain the location of the closest Collision Reporting Centre.
Exchange information with the other involved parties, including independent witnesses. (Names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance companies and vehicle particulars, etc).
As soon as possible, bring your vehicle to the Collision Reporting Centre most convenient to you.
Bring documentation with you to the Collision Reporting Centre (eg driver's licence, ownership and insurance, etc).
When should I go to a Collision Reporting Centre?
With the following exceptions, any driver involved in a collision where damage to vehicles or property is more than $1,000 may report the collision to a Collision Reporting Centre. Police will come to the scene when one or more of the following situations apply.
Collisions involving injury or death.
Criminal activity involved in collisions (eg, impaired driving, stolen vehicle, assault, etc).
Collisions involving federal, provincial or municipal vehicles (including transit vehicles).
Collisions involving a person who is uninsured or is a suspended driver.
Collisions involving vehicles transporting dangerous goods.
Collisions involving damage to private, municipal or highway property.
Without exception, towed vehicles must go directly to a Collision Reporting Centre.