If you are involved in a car accident, the situation can be very stressful.

Some of the stress relates to determining whether to report the accident or not. You are not always required to report the accident, but should lean towards reporting if you are unsure.

The law that helps answer this question is section 199 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act. It requires reporting if the accident results in personal injuries or in damage to property. Damage to property is defined, as of September 1, 2015, as damage over $2000.00. The amount of damage can be hard to assess at first glance, which makes this exercise difficult. This is just one more reason why you should lean towards reporting.

The law also requires all collisions, regardless of single vehicle or multiple vehicle, to be reported to the police if there are any personal injuries or deaths.

If you have been charged with failing to report an accident, there are potential consequences including fines, demerit points, and increased insurance costs. While it may seem easier to plead guilty, the long-term impact of such a charge must be seriously considered. Contact Katie Groulx of DeMelo Law for a free consultation to help consider your options.