Hit and Run Accident Lawyers in Vancouver
The victim of an accident could be an injured motorist, cyclist or pedestrian in need medical attention, regardless of who is at fault. Failing to remain at the scene of an accident can lead to a prison term of up to five years. A person who leaves the scene of an accident also eliminates a source of primary evidence about the cause of the accident. This evidence can assist in making a fault determination and can help public authorities in making changes to roads or signage to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future.
Fortunately, victims of hit and run accidents are covered by ICBC if they cannot find the at-fault driver’s name or vehicle after “reasonable efforts” are made (in accordance with the circumstances and injuries). Coverage is available if you are a motorist, bicyclist or pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle.
Section 24(1) of the Insurance (Motor Vehicle) Act requires every driver to pay for this protection, which currently provides coverage of up to $200,000 for damages and injuries. If you injury and property losses exceed that amount, you may be able to make a claim under your own insurance as part of your underinsured motorist protection. Hit-and-run claims for collisions on private driveways, private underground parking lots, and out of province are excluded, however.
Strict Guidelines After a Hit and Run Accident
In order to be able to make a hit and run claim with ICBC, there are strict rules related to the timing of reporting and efforts made to find the driver that struck you. The immediate steps that we recommend you take include the following:
Get Assistance with Your Claim at Taylor & Blair
If you were struck in a hit and run accident, Taylor & Blair can help you to gather evidence, find witnesses and deal with ICBC. We will work to achieve the best possible outcome in your ICBC hit and run accident claim in BC. Using the available evidence, we can also try to locate the party that struck you and represent you in a personal injury claim if the liable party is identified. Contact our Vancouver BC lawyers at Taylor & Blair at 604-737-6900.
TO MAKE SURE YOU GET a fair deal
Whether you're dealing with ICBC or another insurance company, their adjusters have an obligation to pay you as little as possible. That's their job and they're good at it. Having a lawyer on your side is the only way to level the playing field and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
TO EVEN the odds
ICBC has a team of lawyers working for them, but they tell you that you don't need one. Why do you think that is? It's because they know that they have the upper hand against you-and they won't have to pay you as much. You need to get your own lawyer to even the odds and give yourself a fighting chance.
TO PROTECT you rights
The people you need to negotiate with know the rules of the game-and they also know that if you don't have a lawyer, you won't know what information you have to provide, what documents you should sign, or what time limits you may be facing. By having a lawyer you protect your rights.
TO HAVE SOMEONE on your side
ICBC and the insurance companies have lawyers and adjusters working hard for them. "Your" adjuster doesn't work for you. In fact, with ICBC "your" adjuster works for the same company as the other party's adjuster, and is in fact in a serious conflict of interest. You need a lawyer on your side, working for you and no one else.
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