Vehicle Accident

5 Mistakes to Avoid after an Ontario Motor Vehicle Accident

Getting into a motor vehicle accident can come with severe implications to your health and finances. This is why it’s vital to determine who is at fault in these scenarios. However, some people may say or do things that can complicate the process of determining accountability for the accident. If you were recently involved in a motor vehicle accident in Ontario, you must be aware of the potential mistakes that could impact your case. 

Here are five mistakes to avoid after an Ontario motor vehicle accident:

1. Admitting that the Accident was your Fault

After an accident, admitting that the accident was your fault could be detrimental to any claim you may have.

Even if you think you may have caused the accident, it is best to refrain from making an admission of fault or providing statements that could be defined as an admission of guilt as there may be other evidence such as witness observations or dash cam evidence suggesting otherwise.  The other driver’s insurance company will be looking for any opportunity to reduce or deny your claim, and an admission of fault could give them the ammunition they need. 

Even if you suspect you were partially responsible for the accident, it is best to refrain from making such a statement until you have consulted with a lawyer. 

2. Failing to Gather Evidence

One of the most important things you can do is collect evidence at the accident scene. This may consist of taking photos of the damage to your vehicle, exchanging information with the other driver, and speaking to witnesses. If you fail to collect this evidence, it may be more challenging to prove your case later if there are any inconsistencies in the stories of parties as to how the accident occurred.

3. Not Pursuing Medical Treatment

Some injuries, such as concussions, may not show symptoms for hours or even days after the accident. If you delay seeking medical treatment, you may miss the opportunity to receive treatment that could prevent long-term damage. 

In addition, seeking medical attention immediately will document your injuries in the event that you file an insurance claim or lawsuit. Even if you don’t seek legal action, seeing a doctor will give you peace of mind and assist in diagnosing the severity of the injuries and allow you to seek a path to obtain treatment.

4. Missed Reporting the Accident

One mistake that many individuals make is failing to report the accident to the police. Even if the damage seems minor, it is vital to call the police and file a report. 

This report will be essential if you need to file an insurance claim or take legal action. The report will provide an official accident record, including the date, time, and location. It will also include the names and contact information of any witnesses. 

If you neglect to report the accident, you may find getting the compensation you deserve more challenging.

5. Posting Accident Info on Social Media 

Do not post pictures or comments regarding the accident on social media.  Insurers could use this as evidence against you in a potential insurance claim or lawsuit.

Don’t discuss the details of the accident on social media. This includes who was at fault, what happened, etc. It’s understandable to be frustrated after an accident, but venting on social media is not the best way to handle it. Additionally, this could make you look uncooperative or challenging to work with and impact any potential settlements.


After a motor vehicle accident, it is essential to remember the above five mistakes to avoid after an Ontario motor vehicle accident.

Contact Parlatore Law today for a free consultation if you have been injured in a car accident around Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Welland, Fort Erie, Thorold, Port Colborne, Fonthill, Pelham, Grimsby, Stoney Creek and Hamilton. If you need a reliable and experienced personal injury lawyer in Niagara Falls, contact us today

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