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Fight Car Accident Charges

When you’re involved in a car accident in Ontario, the law mandates stopping, offering assistance, contacting police officers if there are serious injuries or significant property damage, and sharing your insurance information with the other driver. Failing any of these duties could lead to you being charged with car accident charges, including the serious offence of “Failing to Remain.”

Penalties for Failing to Remain Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act

Police officers may charge you under two different legislations: the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or the federal Criminal Code. Typically, charges under the HTA for “failing to remain” apply to minor incidents, more severe car accidents could lead to criminal charges, including “failure to stop.”

The penalties for not following these laws can be severe. Under the HTA, anyone indirectly or directly involved in a motor vehicle accident and convicted of leaving the scene can face:

  • Up to six months of imprisonment
  • Mandatory license suspension
  • Seven demerit points (a significant penalty reflecting the seriousness of these traffic violations)
  • Fines ranging from $400 to $2,000 (Fines can increase with added surcharges depending on the circumstances)
  • Increased auto insurance rates, potentially making you “high risk”

Consequences of Failing to Stop Under the Criminal Code of Canada

A “failure to stop” charge can be brought against anyone in Canada, not just on public roads. This means drivers, pilots or boat operators could face criminal charges for leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage, injuries, or worse. Penalties can include:

  • A permanent criminal record
  • License suspensions lasting up to a decade
  • Imprisonment for up to 10 years, especially with bodily harm
  • Additional penalties like fines, probation, or restitution to victims

 Car Accident Charges and Your Defence

If charged with a traffic violation or involved in any motor vehicle accident, the prosecution must establish your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This involves proving your presence at the scene, your involvement in the incident, and any failure to comply with the law, such as offering assistance or exchanging information.

Car Accident Ticket Defence

It’s most important to understand your rights and the potential impact of a car accident conviction, whether you’re facing minor traffic tickets or more serious charges under the Criminal Code. Each car accident brings unique challenges, from dealing with the immediate aftermath to navigating the legal consequences, including CVOR points for commercial drivers, implications for novice drivers, and the potential threat of a criminal record or insurance penalties.

Before making any statements or decisions, consulting with a knowledgeable paralegal can provide the clarity and support needed to navigate these complex situations effectively and with your best interests in mind.

The most common collision-related charges under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act are:

* Court fines are also subject to the victim fine surcharge and $5.00 court cost.

Commercial motor vehicle drivers can also face CVOR point penalties as follows:

How Can I Help My Defence?

Police may respond to a report of failing to remain immediately, coming straight from the accident scene to a suspect’s door. However, an officer may also contact you days or weeks after the incident occurs as part of an investigation. No matter when you receive a ticket or summons, you should never give a statement to the police without having legal advice first.

If the police contact you after a hit-and-run accident, you may be interviewed by an officer to “tell your side” of the story or invited to help the police “fill in the gaps” as to what happened on the day of the crash. Unfortunately, these are common tactics police officers use to get suspects to provide evidence against themselves—and anything you say can be used against you in court.

Remember, it’s up to the police and prosecution to prove you were present at the scene. They may only have a report with vague details, such as “blue car with a male driver.” If they can get you to admit that you were involved in the crash or even driving on the same road, you are essentially doing their job for them.


If you are facing charges from a car accident in Ontario, our legal team offers decades of experience in defending against a wide range of charges. Contact us for a free consultation to explore your legal options and strategize your defence.

Car Accident Charges & Ticket FAQs

What should I do immediately after being involved in a car accident in Ontario?

Stop, assess any injuries, offer assistance, and exchange insurance information with the other driver. If there are serious injuries or significant property damage, you must also report the accident to the police. Failing to comply with these steps could result in car accident charges.

Can you be charged with manslaughter if someone dies in a car accident?

Yes, if you’re involved in a car accident that results in death and it’s determined that your actions were criminally negligent or constituted dangerous driving, you could face serious criminal charges, including vehicular manslaughter under the Criminal Code of Canada.

What are the penalties for failing to remain at the scene of an accident in Ontario?

The penalties can include up to six months in jail, mandatory license suspension for novice drivers, possible license suspension for up to two years for all drivers, seven demerit points, and fines ranging from $400 to $2,000, which can increase with surcharges.

How can car accident criminal charges affect my future?

Criminal charges can lead to:

  • permanent criminal record
  • significant fines
  • imprisonment
  • license suspensions

These consequences can impact your employment opportunities, ability to travel, and your car insurance rates.

What is the difference between car accident tickets and a summons?

Car accident tickets are issued for less serious offences and include a fine and basic details of the alleged offence. A summons is used for more serious incidents, does not specify a fine amount due to the potential for severe penalties, and requires appearance in court.

How can OTD Legal help me?

We can provide advice on the legal process, help you understand your rights, and develop a defence strategy. OTD Legal assists in potentially reducing penalties, challenging evidence, and in some cases, getting charges dismissed. We always strive to achieve the most favorable outcome for your specific case.

Can police charge me with a car accident offence if I wasn’t at fault?

Yes, police can charge you based on their assessment of the accident scene and evidence. However, being charged does not automatically mean you will be found guilty. OTD Legal can help challenge the charges if you believe you were not at fault.

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Speeding Tickets

Speeding tickets, common offenses, addressed in Ontario, Quebec, and various locations. If ticketed, understand legal rights, consequences, and options. Avoid simply paying; we can often reduce charges or find legal grounds for dismissal. Make informed decisions to safeguard rights and insurance rates.

Suspended License

Driving on a suspended license is a serious offence, potentially leading to jail time and hefty fines. If you’ve received a ticket or court summons for this in Ontario, OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services can assist.

Accident Charges

Accidents can unexpectedly disrupt life, causing immediate inconveniences and long-term consequences. If you’ve received a ticket or court summons related to a crash, OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services is here to assist.

Emergency Vehicles

Failure to stop for emergency vehicles is a serious offense. If cited, seek help from OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services. Get Your Free Consultation With Us Today!

Cannabis Violations

While cannabis is legal, criminal charges related to its unlawful sale, distribution, or driving offenses can still occur. Safeguard your interests with OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services.

Failure to Wear Seat Belt

If you’ve been ticketed for not wearing your seatbelt, avoid steep fines, points, and insurance hikes. Before admitting guilt, consult with OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services.

CVOR / Commercial Tickets

For commercial motor vehicle drivers dealing with a CVOR ticket, understanding the consequences is crucial before deciding on a course of action.

Stunt Driving and Racing Tickets

If the police have charged you with Stunt Racing, you’re going to need to seek out critical information to make sure that you are making informed decisions to avoid legal missteps and protect your insurance rates and pocketbook.

Following Too Closely

Paying a follow too closely ticket can also result in a driver’s license suspension. If you have been charged with Follow Too Closely in Ontario, contact our office for a free, confidential consultation.

Unsafe Turn Ticket

Unsafe turn tickets, or Turn – Not in Safety tickets, are issued for a variety of reasons in Ontario. Our team is one of the most successful firms in Ontario at winning unsafe turn violation charges.

Cellphone Use & Distracted Driving

Driver distraction causes numerous preventable accidents annually, treated seriously under Canadian law. If you face a distracted driving ticket or court summons, OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services can advocate for you.

Careless Driving

Facing a careless driving charge in Ontario? Our team at OTD Legal, comprised of skilled lawyers and paralegals, is here to assist you. Our experienced team at OTD Legal understands the complexities of these charges and can provide the guidance and representation you need to navigate this challenging situation.

Fail To Remain / Report

Failing to remain at a collision scene is a grave offence with severe consequences. Conviction may lead to hefty penalties, license loss, and increased insurance costs for high-risk drivers. Safeguard your interests with our experienced team.


If you’ve been convicted of a civil traffic offense, you can appeal the decision to mitigate consequences. OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services aids in preparing your appeal, safeguarding your driving privileges and record.

Failure to Obey Stop Sign

Don’t underestimate the impact of failing to obey a stop sign. Before paying your ticket, consult with OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services for a confidential and free consultation.

Driving While Disqualified

Driving while disqualified is a severe criminal offense with potential jail time and vehicle impoundment. If you face charges, OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services is here to help.

Failure To Yield Ticket

Entrust OTD Ticket Defenders Legal Services to contest your traffic tickets and pursue appeals, including “failure to yield” charges. From right-of-way issues to stop sign violations, our seasoned team is committed to protecting your rights and ensuring fair treatment under the law.

HOV Lane Ticket

If you have received a ticket or summons for Improper Use of the HOV Lane, contact OTD Legal Services as soon as possible. We can help you defend yourself and look out for your best interest.

Failing to Stop for a School Bus

Due to the serious nature of this charge, it is always best to talk to an experienced paralegal before deciding how to proceed. Our team can help uncover defences that may be available to you.

Have You Been Charged With Causing A Car Accident In Ontario?

If you’ve been charged with causing a car accident in Ontario you should contact us as soon as possible. We have skill and experience in helping drivers just like you respond to accusations of causing a car accident and provide free, confidential consultations to empower you to fight your charges. We help drivers throughout Ontario including Kitchener,  Georgetown, London, Windsor and from our home office in Cambridge. Contact us online or call us directly at 1.844.647.6869 or text us a copy of your ticket to 226-240-2480.

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