When a Collision Occurs

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Summary

  • Call the police
  • Gather and document as many details as possible
  • Go to the hospital to tend to any injuries

In case of a collision…

Here’s a checklist to refer to if you get in a collision with a vehicle.


At the Scene of the Crash

  • Stay calm. Move as little as possible in case you have suffered any injuries.
  • Call the police (911) and wait for them to arrive.
  • Stay on the scene and make sure any others involved do the same.
  • Keep the scene intact, as long as it is safe to do so; everything can be used as evidence.
  • Do not negotiate with the driver
  • Look for witnesses to give statements to police
  • Seek medical attention
  • Take pictures of damage and of the scene
  • Preserve any evidence
  • Ensure accurate details on the accident report

Details to Gather at the Crash Scene

Information from Police Officer

Name / Badge # / Contact information / Police Report #


Information from the Witnesses

Name / Phone / Email


Incident Specifics

Time / Location / Description of vehicle / License Plate # (Province or State)


Information from the Driver

Name / Phone / Insurance information


Follow up

  • Visit the hospital to tend to any injuries. (Remember – concussions can go unnoticed for hours or days.)
  • Obtain a copy of the police report
  • Consider talking to an attorney before contacting an insurance company.
  • Document your account of the event ASAP and keep it in your records.
  • Document any injuries. Take photos if applicable. Keep daily account of how injuries are progressing, making note of the date.
  • Take photos of any damages to bike or related gear.
  • Contact witnesses ASAP and ask them to email their detailed version of the events.
  • Document and save all related evidence (medical statements, receipts, records of lost work time, diary of injuries, etc.)
  • If police were not at the scene, file an online police report within 24hrs
  • Fill out Incident Report Form on BNS website.

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