Motor vehicle collisions can happen to anyone. The unexpected circumstances can leave you feeling overwhelmed and uncertain of the next step. Knowing what to do after a collision is important and can take away some of the stress you will feel at an accident scene.
First and most importantly, stop. Remain at the scene of an accident. It is the law, and not doing so could result in criminal charges and demerit points.
If anyone is seriously injured, call 9-1-1. They will dispatch an ambulance and the police. You should also call the police if a vehicle is not driveable, if any driver does not have a driver’s licence or proof of insurance, or if you suspect someone is impaired. Remember, both alcohol and drugs can cause impairment.
Ensure everyone’s safety at the accident scene. Do not stand between two vehicles, in front of or behind a vehicle to inspect damages. When it is safe to do so, move vehicles and passengers away from traffic. Consider hazard lights, cones, warning triangles or flares if you need to alert other motorists of the scene.
Take pictures of the damages for all involved vehicles. Collect information from the other motorist(s), passengers and witnesses if possible. Most cellphones are equipped with a camera, so sharing information is a snap. Be sure to take pictures of driver’s licences, registration and insurance. Remember to exchange phone numbers.
If the total damage to all vehicles and property appears to be more than $2,000, you will need to file a Collision Report at the police detachment. Officers will issue a damage sticker for each damaged vehicle. An auto body shop cannot make repairs without one.
Once you have a police file number you can reach out to your insurance company to get your claim underway. To print a worksheet to keep in your vehicle, visit www.autoinsurance.alberta.ca. This Government of Alberta worksheet will help you gather the information you need after a traffic collision. The worksheet will have the same details you will need when you fill out a collision report or start the claim with your insurance company.
While traffic collisions can take us by surprise, being prepared is no accident.
Several of the following matters are currently under investigation. If anyone has any information regarding any of these incidents, or you see any suspicious activity, please contact the Devon RCMP at 780-987-3413. If you wish to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Devon RCMP conducted a traffic check stop on Highway 60 and found open liquor within reach of the driver and passenger. Under the Gaming and Liquor Act, the motorist received a $300 fine.
Devon RCMP patrolled Highways 19 and 60 throughout the day. Under the Traffic Safety Act, six motorists found exceeding the prescribed speed limit received tickets with fines ranging from $170 to $249.
Devon RCMP saw a suspicious vehicle enter the Devon Industrial Park. The driver exited the vehicle and left the area on foot. Police Dog Services followed the suspect’s scent north several blocks. The suspect was not located. RCMP seized the vehicle and tools found within to further the investigation. The matter is ongoing.
Two bicycles were found abandoned near Michigan Street. Call the Devon RCMP Detachment and identify to claim.
A witness made a 9-1-1 call when a motorbike sped through the red light on Highway 60 at St. Lawrence Avenue, travelling northbound. A BOLO (Be on the Look Out) was sent to Parkland RCMP.
Devon RCMP issued a ticket to a motorist travelling northbound on Highway 60. A fine of $297 accompanied the ticket for exceeding the prescribed speed limit, under the Traffic Safety Act.
A second motorist was travelling southbound on Highway 60, and received a fine of $212 for exceeding the speed limit.
A found cell phone was turned in to the Devon RCMP Detachment. Call and identify to claim.
Devon RCMP attended Highway 19 and located a stranded motorist. The vehicle was not working and was not causing a traffic hazard. The motorist was transported into Devon to arrange repairs.
A 9-1-1 call dispatched RCMP to Holy Spirit School where youngsters were believed to be writing on school buildings. Officers located the youth who were using sidewalk chalk to write on the shed. They were encouraged to wipe away the lines and use the chalk on the pavement as intended.
Trespassers were observed in the Wapiti neighbourhood and reported to RCMP. Patrols in the area are ongoing. If anyone notices suspicious activity, you are encouraged to contact the Devon RCMP or Crime Stoppers.
Sometime overnight, a red 2007 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen from Imperial Court. The truck has an Alberta license plate WCA477. The investigation is ongoing.
Devon RCMP located a group of youths at Woodpecker Trail in Devon. The youth had a small fire burning next to a creek. Officers spoke with the youth, explaining the dangers of grass fires in dry conditions, and instructed that the fire be extinguished.
RCMP responded to a noise complaint in the Kananaskis neighbourhood. Officers spoke with the homeowner to find an outdoor gathering and bonfire had ended hours prior. RCMP observed no offense.
A license plate was found in the Industrial Park. RCMP contacted the owner and the plate was collected.