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What Should I Do If the Other Driver Refuses to Give Their Information Following a Car Accident?

Insurance LawMotor vehicle accidents can range from unplanned inconveniences to major hardships and a significant disruption in your life. Although no one plans to get into a car accident, knowing the important steps to take in the event of one can keep you protected.

Following an accident, most motorists are cooperative and will exchange pertinent information, including their name, address and insurance policy number. However, you may be unsure of what to do in the event that the other driver refuses to give you their information after a car accident.

It is important to understand that you have the right to this relevant information under the law. Section 200 of the Highway Traffic Act requires that in the event of an accident, drivers must, upon request, provide any witness, police officer, or anyone injured in the accident, written information including their name, address, driver’s license number, as well as all of their pertinent insurance information including their carrier and policy information. They also must provide information on the vehicle involved if requested.

It is a criminal offence in Ontario to refuse to give the relevant and necessary information following a car accident. If a driver refuses to give you this information, there are still measures you can take to obtain it. Ensure you immediately call the police and fill out an accident report. It is important to immediately tell the police that the other driver is refusing to give you their information. The police will determine this information and relay it to you.

Obtaining a copy of the police report filed can also provide you with the other driver’s pertinent information. In the event no police report was filed, there still may be measures you can take to determine this information. Contacting a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can ensure you’re informed of all available options in your given situation.

Understanding your rights and obligations in the event of car accident is important. Always give the relevant information to any witnesses, police officer, or anyone injured in the accident. If the other driver refuses to give you their information, take the appropriate measures and inform the police. Let the trusted and knowledgeable team at Himelfarb Proszanski ensure you’re protected following a car accident. They can help ensure you’re protected every step of the way.

For assistance with a personal injury or insurance claim, please email David at dhimelfarb@himprolaw.com. To be contacted immediately call 1-855-446-7765 for a free case evaluation.

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