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Here are some frequently asked questions about Alberta car accident reporting:
Alberta has a simple and quick online report system. With a police file number which you’ll find in your witness statement form, you can get yourself a copy of the Alberta collision form. All you have to do is access the website http://www.ecollision.gov.ab.ca/. Your collision report is normally made available within 24 hrs or less.
If you fail to report an accident, then it means that you definitely left the scene of the crime. You’ll be liable to criminal charges with a fine of at most $2,000, a jail term of 6 months or both. You may also face a license suspension of at least two years and or bag seven demerit points upon conviction.
Why wait? It’s advisable to report an accident to the relevant authorities as soon as it happens. This is especially in a case where the damage costs are above $2,000. You have 24 hrs. to do so after which you may face charges and suffer demerits on your drivers’ record. In any case otherwise where there are serious injuries, you’re required to call the police instantly or report the accident to the local police station as soon as possible.
It does. Insurance companies are known for their mischief, and they’ll therefore always find a reason to knock your case off so that they don’t have to pay for your compensation fee. One way is through expiry of their grace period, which could be a week or a month, depending on the insurance company. It’s advisable, therefore, to report the matter to your insurance company as soon as you can but after reporting to the police.
If you’re not sure of your damage costs, then just report the accident to the police. You’ll not lose anything, but you’ll have something to gain, in case the costs actually exceeded $2,000. Some people will prefer to be sure before reporting, which is okay. You can do this by getting anyone with the requisite skills to do an evaluation which will put you on a scale to determine whether or not you are under any obligation to report the accident.
Yes, you do. Your obligation to report parking lot accidents will depend on the same factors as road accidents. Do the damage costs exceed $2,000? Are there any serious injuries sustained? If so, then you have to report the accident, and if not, then you may or may not decide to proceed with the report.
Yes, you are. This will help when raising a claim. Insurance companies usually give varying grace periods ranging from one week to a month. During this period, depending on your insurance company, you’ll have to report the accident. Your countdown starts from the day you were involved in the accident.