Tragic Death Serves to Remind Us What to Do in a Accident
A 22-year old Fergus man died after crashing his car on Highway 7/8 near the Foundry Street exit last week. He was in a single vehicle crash around 11 pm on a foggy night. He survived the initial crash and was walking on the highway when he was struck by a second vehicle and killed.
This is a good opportunity to review what you should do in the event of an accident:
- Stop. If you are in an accident and you leave the scene you may be subject to criminal charges.
- If the damage to the vehicles involved is over $2000, or if someone is injured, or if someone is driving impaired call police. They will advise you what to do, and they will arrive as soon as possible. You should
- If no one is injured and the damage appears to be under $2000 cal or attend the Collision Reporting Centre within 24 hours. These are police run faciltites to assist you in reporting auto accidents.
- If your accident is on the highway, or if you break down on the highway the MTO recommends you:
- Stop as far off the roadway as possible.
- If you are in a live lane of traffic STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE with the seatbelt on and call 911 for emergency help.
- Put your four-way flashers on.
- If you are on the shoulder and can safely exit your vehicle you may consider waiting well off the road on the grassy shoulder. Call 911 and follow their instructions.
- Never attempt to cross a highway on foot as rates of speed are extremely high and hard to judge and drivers may not see you.