It’s the law: report collisions to police

With the mercury dipping and more snow in the forecast, it’s important to know what you should do if you are involved in a collision.

In addition to exercising necessary caution when heading out onto roadways, and ensuring your vehicle is equipped for the conditions, be prepared to act if you are involved in a collision.

Collisions in Leduc County

All collision scenes and investigations in the Leduc region, regardless whether or not it occurs on local roadways or provincial highways, are the sole responsibility of the RCMP.

Leduc County peace officers often provide assistance to RCMP, fire or ambulance personnel at collision scenes; however, Leduc County Enforcement Services does not have a 24-hour dispatch line for emergencies and should not be contacted to report a collision.

RCMP response is based on their evaluation of each call received and the perceived severity, available resources and overall priorities. While injury collisions will often result in a faster response time, it is important that all collisions needing police attendance are reported.

Notifying police

Motorists and/or witnesses must call 911 immediately to dispatch police, fire and/or ambulance personnel if any of the following conditions exist:

  • the collision results in injury or death, or if injuries are unknown
  • impaired driving is suspected
  • if one or more if the vehicles is not driveable
  • if traffic control is required to manage a significant interruption in traffic flow

If any of the above conditions exist, vehicles must be left where they are so emergency personnel can investigate the collision. Occupants of the vehicles are advised to wait in a safe place for emergency personnel to arrive, if possible; however, anyone suspected of having injuries should remain in place, unless they are in danger.

If you can confirm that none of the above conditions exist, the vehicles can be moved to a nearby location as to not obstruct traffic.

If combined damage to all vehicles or property involved is more than $2,000, drivers must call the appropriate 24-hour RCMP complaint line or attend a police station with the vehicle and file a collision report form; failure to do so could result in a fine. Ensure you receive a copy of the police report or obtain the file number, for your records.

 Below is a list of the 24-hour RCMP complaint lines in the Leduc region:

  • Leduc RCMP: 780-980-7267
  • Thorsby/Breton RCMP: 780-789-3950
  • Beaumont RCMP: 780-929-7267
  • Devon RCMP: 780-987-3413
  • Edmonton International Airport RCMP: 780-890-4333

Exchanging information

As per section 69 of the Traffic Safety Act, drivers involved in a collision are required to exchange information. Motorists are advised to collect the following information:

  • Name of the other driver(s)
  • Insurance information, including policy provider(s) and policy number(s)
  • Registration information
  • Driver’s licence number(s)
  • License plate(s)
  • Make and model of the vehicle(s)

If you have a camera or camera-enabled phone, you are encouraged to take photos of the above documents, as well as of the scene if it is safe to do so.

If one of the drivers does not have the required documents, such as driver’s licence, registration, and/or insurance, or if he/she refuses to provide their information, document their licence plate number, vehicle description and driver description before they leave the scene and call 911.

It is also recommended to record the following details:

  • Date of collision
  • Time of collision
  • Location of the collision
  • Conditions (weather, road, light, etc.) at the time of the collision
  • Witness names, contact information and signed statements, if available

After exchanging information with all parties involved, you may leave the scene of the collision. If police are on scene, follow their instructions on when you can depart.

After leaving the scene

If you did not report any injuries directly following the collision, but begin to feel injured or unwell in the hours or days following the collision, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

As soon after a collision as possible, the driver must report the collision to his/her insurance provider in order to initiate a claim. Depending on the insurance policy, you may qualify for financial coverage for medical treatments and vehicle repairs.