News reports on Saturday suggest that the Ottawa Police Service is planning to reduce its attendance at motor vehicle accident scenes in order to reduce police costs in this area. The plan is, apparently, to have people attend a collision reporting centre.
If this plan solidifies, it will be of vital importance that accident victims be very careful to document the location of the vehicles and how the accident happened with cameras and witness statements. Currently, there is often little dispute about liability (who is at fault for the accident) because the police document what occurred, speak to by standers and generally invetigate the scene as required. Without police attendance, there will be a lot more reliance on the honour system.
Remember that if you are injured after a motor vehicle accident, you can still call the police, even if the injuries are or seem to be “minor”. What seems minor at the time, may become much worse over the hours or days that follow.
We believe that injured accidence victims will lose out on fair compensation if the police are not called to the scene.
For more information about your rights after a motor vehicle accident in Ottawa, call us at 613 233-4529.