Motor Vehicle Accidents
Reporting an Accident
Under the law there are certain duties that must be performed. The Highway Traffic Act of Ontario states the following:
Duty of person in charge of vehicle in case of accident
200. (1) Where an accident occurs on a highway, every person in charge of a vehicle or street car that is directly or indirectly involved in the accident shall,
(a) remain at or immediately return to the scene of the accident;
(b) render all possible assistance; and
(c) upon request, give in writing to anyone sustaining loss or injury or to any police officer or to any witness his or her name,address, driver’s licence number and jurisdiction of issuance, motor vehicle liability insurance policy insurer and policy number, name and address of the registered owner of the vehicle and the vehicle permit number. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 200 (1); 1997, c. 12, s. 16.
When to report an accident to the police
Under the law, in short, you must report an accident to the police forthwith when:
there is an injury involved; or
the total damage to all vehicles exceeds $1,000.00; or
any highway property is damaged (signs, poles etc).
Duty to report accident
199. (1) Every person in charge of a motor vehicle or street car who is directly or indirectly involved in an accident shall, if the accident results in personal injuries or in damage to property apparently exceeding an amount prescribed by regulation, report the accident forthwith to the nearest police officer and furnish him or her with the information concerning the accident as may be required by the officer under subsection (3). R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 199 (1); 2002, c. 17, Sched. F, Table.
Notification of damage to trees, fences, etc.
201. Every person who, as a result of an accident or otherwise, operates or drives a vehicle or leads, rides or drives an animal upon a highway and thereby damages any shrub, tree, pole, light, sign, sod or other property on the highway or a fence bordering the highway shall forthwith report the damage to a police officer. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 201.
How to report an accident
When medical or rescue assistance is required, or when an involved vehicle leaves the scene or when in doubt, dial 911.
When it is not an emergency situation you must contact the Windsor Police Service's “non-emergency number” at 519-258-6111.
The call-taker will ask several questions to determine the appropriate police or emergency response.
You may be asked to attend the Collision Reporting Centre to report your collision.
The Collision Reporting Centre (CRC)
The Collision Reporting Centre (CRC) is a facility created to assist motorists in reporting motor vehicle collisions within the City of Windsor while keeping uniformed police officers on the street available for other calls for service.
Officer may direct person to report accident at another location
(1.1) If, on reporting the accident to the nearest police officer under subsection (1), the person is directed by the officer to report the accident at a specified location, the person shall not furnish the officer described in subsection (1) with the information concerning the accident but shall forthwith attend at the specified location and report the accident there to a police officer and furnish him or her with the information concerning the accident as may be required by the officer under subsection (3).
If your vehicle is not drivable:
If your vehicle is not drivable and is eligible for CRC Reporting, during business hours, it is in your best interest to allow the Windsor Police Service to assist you in removing your vehicle from the scene, and having it towed directly to the Collision Reporting Centre for reporting, photographs and insurance purposes. After hours, members of the Windsor Police Service will photograph the damage to your vehicle. Your vehicle is then permitted to be towed to a location of your choice, including a Body Shop, Impound Facility, or the Windsor Police Service approved towing vendor’s storage yard.
Towing and Storage:
You are free to choose any towing company to remove your vehicle from the collision scene. You are responsible for the fees associated with the towing, storage and environmental clean-up and may be required to make immediate payment to your Towing Vendor to have your vehicle released.
Attending the CRC:
You are required to attend the Collision Reporting Centre by the next business day following involvement in a motor vehicle collision for mandatory reporting. You must attend with your vehicle, unless it had been previously towed directly to the Collision Reporting Center (during business hours) or photographs of the damage have already been obtained by the Windsor Police Service (after hours).
Failure to attend the Collision Reporting Centre if directed by the Windsor Police Service may result in enforcement action being taken.
What to bring with you when you go to the Collision Reporting Centre
Your Drivers Licence
The vehicle involved in the accident
Valid ownership of involved vehicle
Proof of insurance for the involved vehicle, at the time of the collision
Any information that you may have on the other vehicle(s) and driver(s)
The case number given to you by the police call-taker.
Where is the Collision Reporting Centre?
The Collision Reporting Centre is at 2696 Jefferson Ave, Windsor Ontario, N8T 2W6. Phone 519-945-9645 ext.1
The hours of operation are:
Monday to Friday 09:00AM to 05:00PM
Closed: Weekends and statutory holidays.
Contact us by phone at 519-945-9645 ext 1.
Helpful links to related forms and Pamphlets.
Collision Reporting Pamphlet click here (adobe acrobat required to view this pamphlet)
Motor Vehicle Collision - Statement click here (this statement can be printed out completed and brought into the Collision Reporting Centre)
Motor Vehicle Collision - Witness Statement click here (this statement can be printed out completed and brought into the Collision Reporting Centre)
Motor Vehicle Collision - Hit and Run Statement click here (this statement can be printed out completed and brought into the Collision Reporting Centre)