Reporting Car Collisions and Self-Incriminating Statements

Most people know that everyone who gets into a collision while driving a motor vehicle that causes damage to property over $1,000.00 (see Note 1) or injuries either to the driver or others must report the collision to the police as soon as possible (see Note 2).The police officer who takes the report must get information from the driver reporting the collision to complete the report (see Note 3).

 

However, what is not understood is that this reporting obligation can create serious consequences for people charged with a serious traffic offence because what they say could be used against them. This is known as self-incrimination. Continue reading