HOW LONG DOES AN AT FAULT ACCIDENT STAY ON YOUR RECORD?

The duration an at-fault accident remains on your record is a common concern, especially in the context of insuring an automobile in Ontario. To understand the time frame, it’s essential to distinguish between three types of records: CPIC checks, insurance company records, and driver’s abstracts.

CPIC Check (Canadian Police Investigative Checks)

  • CPIC checks are used by police officers to view your complete driving history.
  • However, this information is not accessible to insurance companies.

Insurance Company Records

  • Insurance companies maintain records of at-fault accidents for a period of seven to nine years in Ontario.
  • This history is crucial for insurance providers when assessing your risk profile and determining your premium.

Driver’s Abstract

  • A driver’s abstract includes information about accidents where you were deemed at fault.
  • After three years, the abstract clears itself, and after two years, the associated demerit points are no longer taken into account.
  • This self-cleaning process can have implications for your insurance rates.
  • To learn more about your driver’s abstract and understand its impact on your driving history, please see What Tickets Affect Insurance In Ontario?

Conclusion

  • The duration of at-fault accidents on your record in Ontario depends on the type of record you’re considering.
  • For insurance purposes, it can extend from seven to nine years.
  • However, if you’re exploring ways to advocate for a better insurance rate, accidents older than five years are generally considered less impactful.
  • To learn more about managing your driving record, feel free to contact us for a free consultation on your traffic ticket.

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Video Transcription:

How long does an at fault accident stay on your record in Ontario? A common question to be asked in the industry that I’m in, representing people on traffic tickets and summonses, and it’s an obvious concern to anyone who’s trying to insure an automobile here in Ontario.

The question is really answered by defining what record we’re talking about. So there’s really three types of records to concern ourselves with, and that would be a CPIC check, which is an acronym for the Canadian Police Investigative Checks. And for a police officer, when they’re looking at your record, your driving history, they’re going to see your entire driving history.

Those are not available to an insurance company. An insurance company is going to keep records of whatever accident, whatever at fault accident you were in, and they do that for somewhere between seven to nine years here in Ontario. So they’re going to be looking back at least that long when you’re involved in an accident where you’ve deemed to have been at fault.

The other, and third way of of talking about what a record is called an abstract, a driver’s abstract. So, if the abstract has a component of an accident, meaning it’s maybe careless driving or some rule of the road where there was an accident, where there was a determination from your insurance company that you were at fault. Well, if they were looking solely at an abstract, well, the abstract will clean itself or, or self cleans itself after three years and after two years, the points are no longer available. So it’s important to take a look at it in that regard.

So to answer the question in Ontario, it really depends on what is it you’re asking. So if you’re asking that question because you’re worried about how to approach your insurance company, or what will they know or how do I best advocate for a better insurance rate? Well, you need to consider it could be as long as seven to nine years, but in fairness, I would point out the fact that it is very old.

If it gets to be five years old it’s not something that should really affect your insurance, which means if you’re advocating for insurance, you can simply point that out and you are much more marketable. That is old now, and you can look for other companies to sort of engage and get a better quote for an insurance rate.

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