Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. One moment, you’re in the middle of another boring commute, and in the next you’re reeling from impact and wondering what happened. In the aftermath of a car accident, it’s easy to forget the steps you need to take in order to protect your rights and gather all the necessary information for your insurance claim.
Below are a few important DOs and DON’Ts to remember following a motor vehicle accident.
- Obtain the names, addresses, phone numbers, and driver’s license numbers of all drivers involved in the accident, regardless of who is at fault.
- Obtain the insurance details and registered owner names for all involved vehicles.
- Obtain the plate numbers (including province) of all involved vehicles.
- Obtain the contact information of any witnesses.
- Take pictures of the accident scene.
- Leave the scene without exchanging information. This could be construed as a criminal act and might qualify the accident as a “hit-and-run.”
- Move an injured person. Wait for trained medical professionals to arrive at the scene.
- Apologize. Your statements at the scene of the accident can be used against you.
- Speak with others. Apart from asking for contact information from the other involved parties, it’s better not to discuss the accident itself. What you say could be used against you later.
Canadian vehicle accident laws are complex. When the time comes to file your claim with ICBC, it’s best to seek out the assistance of an experienced car accident lawyer who is familiar with how the ICBC claim process works. Like any insurance company, ICBC will seek to reduce your claim payout, and you should be prepared for the different tactics they might employ.
If you have been injured in a car accident in British Columbia, make sure you are getting the compensation you deserve. Please contact the experienced Vancouver car accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman today to schedule your free consultation.