| By Chantal Ballantyne, Published March 2013 in SNAP Barrie Newspaper |
Recently a friend of mine was rear-ended, which was the first collision she’s experienced in almost a decade of being a driver. She thought she had handled the situation well, but once she was home safely she realized she had forgotten to write down important information, including the vehicle licence plate number and the driver’s licence number and insurance information. Fortunately, the information wasn’t needed because there were no injuries or damage to her vehicle, but it could have been problematic.
At DriveWise, we teach our novice students and professional drivers that most collisions are preventable and can be avoided with proactive driving techniques. If you are driving at a speed safe for conditions, leaving lots of space and scanning your surroundings, you should be able to avoid almost all hazards. However, there are instances when nothing can be done and a collision occurs. In times like those, you will need to know what information to write down.
Here are the basics:
From the other driver:
- Driver’s name
- Address and contact information
- Driver’s licence number
- Licence plate number
- Car details (make, model, year)
- Insurance information (company, broker, policy number)
- Anyone injured?
From the collision scene:
- Date and time
- Location and direction of travel
- Conditions (road, weather, etc.)
- Damage to the vehicles
- Description of the collision (and diagram if possible)
- Police called?
Getting into a collision is an unpleasant and sometimes traumatic event, which can make it difficult to remember what information you need to collect. As an aid, write down the information above and keep it on a sheet of paper in your vehicle, just in case. It is always best to have too much information rather than too little.