Be Prepared for BC's Accident Hot Spot
Another day, another accident on The Trans-Canada highway.
Yes, Highway 1 was shut for four hours last night after a crash near Hope. (http://www.vancouversun.com/news/metro/Crash+closes+Trans+Canada+near+Hope+overnight/9581747/story.html)
A familiar story, right?
Fortunately no one was seriously hurt. But this accident is just the latest in a long list of collisions to blight this accident hotspot in quick succession.
As anyone who’s been unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident on this stretch of road will tell you, Highway 1 is a one-way street to a personal injury headache.
Well, accidents on this stretch of highway are often serious and as a result are often hotly contested by ICBC.
More often than not weather and road conditions are a factor in these types of accidents.
When it comes to injury claims on Highway #1, ICBC will often try to allege that the accident was caused by “road/weather conditions” and was “unavoidable”.
So what does that mean?
It means that the injured person won’t see any compensation unless they can prove “fault” on the part of the Province/a road maintenance company (which is easier said than done) or on behalf of the other driver.
The key issue here is proving that the driver who hit you could have anticipated and perhaps avoided the challenging road or weather conditions.
So what exactly does proof look like?
Did the other driver have the opportunity to listen to the radio, watch TV, or google a road report before getting behind the wheel?
Did they have the appropriate tires for the road conditions?
What condition were their tires in? And how much tread did those tire have left?
These are questions you need to ask if you’ve been involved in an accident on Highway 1. And you need to ask them PRONTO! You see, these Hwy #1 crashes usually result in a vehicle being written off. And BAM!, before you know it the evidence you need to prove your case has vanished.
My advice? Don’t hit Hwy #1 unless you know what to do in the event of a crash.
Find out why – watch my video (http://www.mccombwitten.com/video/highway-1-car-accident.cfm) or contact me here at McComb Witten, I’d be happy to help.
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