Tips for accident victims

Get information

  • write down the particulars from the drivers licence and vehicle registration of the other driver(s) involved in the accident, as well as their telephone numbers.
  • record the licence plate number of all vehicles involved in the accident.
  • do not admit or deny fault for the accident as this determination will be made at a later time.
  • obtain the names, addresses and telephone numbers of all witnesses to the accident.
  • get the name and badge number of the police officer who attends the accident scene and request a copy of the police/accident report.
  • if the other driver is from out of province, make sure that you write down the name and address of the insurance company as well as the insurance policy number from the insurance documents.

Take photographs

  • of all vehicles involved in the accident as well as the accident scene itself, including such things as traffic control devices, skid marks, etc.
  • of any visible injuries that you may have sustained in the accident.

In the event of a hit and run

You must make all reasonable efforts to determine the identity of the driver who left the scene as well as the owner of the vehicle. If you fail to do so at the earliest opportunity, you could lose the right to claim compensation for your injuries. Simply contacting the police may not be sufficient. You may be required to make further inquiries such as posting notices at the scene of the accident and in a local newspaper.

Seek medical attention for injuries

As soon as possible after the accident and continue seeing your health care providers on a regular basis until you have recovered from your injuries. Make sure to give them a full and accurate description of your injuries. Failure to take these steps could reduce the amount of your claim.

Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer

prior to meeting with an insurance adjuster. He can advise you of your rights and obligations and if retained, can provide all necessary documentation to ICBC on your behalf. He can even report the accident to ICBC dial a claim if you have not already done so.

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