Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
You have just been involved in a Vancouver bus accident.
You are afraid, confused, and more than a little shaken up. Unfortunately, the hours after a crash are the most important, in terms of establishing liability.
Following are five tips to maximize your chances of preserving important evidence:
1. Collect written and photographic evidence, and be thorough about it.
If you own a cell phone with a camera, take pictures of your injuries, the wreck, the layout of the road, and other vehicles involved. Likewise, collect insurance information, driver’s license numbers, names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all relevant parties.
2. Preserve the evidence you collect.
Find a safe place to store key information, such as the route number of the bus or your bus ticket (if you were a passenger), and write down your thoughts about the crash in a diary.
3. Are you too hurt or confused to collect information at the scene? Ask someone to do this work for you.
You might ask a non-injured passenger in your car or a witness to do this due diligence.
4. Get medical care as quickly as possibly, even if you feel fine right now.
Traumatic accidents cause the brain to release chemicals known as endorphins, which help you function at a high level during physically challenging times. However, endorphins can effectively numb you to pain and physical damage. To that end, be safe rather than sorry. Get checked out!
5. Connect with a Vancouver bus accident lawyer as quickly as possible.
The sooner you can get your potential case into gear, the better. The team here at McComb Witten has the resources, experience, and deep understanding the Canadian legal system to give you effective representation. Call us now at 604-255-9018 to schedule your free case evaluation. You may also wish to download a free copy of our report entitled Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim for more information.
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