What Should You do After a Hit & Run
It happens more often than you’d think.
A pedestrian gets run down in the street, but the offending driver doesn’t stick around to find out what happened. Instead, before you know it they’ve sped off never to be seen or heard from again.
It’s illegal, inhumane almost. But hit and run accidents are an unfortunate part of life on our City’s streets and if you don’t know what to do, you could find yourself in a sticky situation.
In fact, if you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident in British Columbia what you do immediately following your accident may be crucial to your chances of claiming compensation for your injuries.
Well, the law states that an individual must take "all reasonable steps" to identify the at fault vehicle and its driver.
That means if you don’t act fast and follow the proper process in the aftermath of your accident you might never see a penny in compensation from ICBC.
So what do you need to do?
The reality is that you’re going to have to do some legwork. Even if you’re not able to find the person who’s responsible for knocking you down you’ve got to show that you’ve made all reasonable efforts to track them down.
So what do those efforts look like?
Some of the things you absolutely should do in the aftermath of an accident include:
1. Calling the police. Right away. And be sure to get a police file number. You'll need to provide that you actually called.
2. Finding witnesses. If there are people around the accident scene, find out if they saw what happened or the immediate aftermath. If so, get their name, address and telephone numbers
3. Canvas the area. If there are businesses, houses or other buildings near where the accident occurred, go bang on some doors. It's possible you may be able to drum up witnesses
4. Call ICBC. Right away and report your claim.
5. Flyer the area. Post signs at the scene of the accident asking that witnesses contact you. And take pictures of the signs so you can prove you actually posted them.
6. Go to the press. Run an ad in the classified section of your local newspaper looking for witnesses. And be sure to keep a copy of the ad. Once again, you'll need to prove you ran it.
What happens if you weren’t inside of a marked crosswalk at the time of your accident? Does it mean that you don’t have a claim?
Just because you were outside of a marked crosswalk at the time of your accident doesn’t mean that you don’t have a claim. In fact many of the cases we’ve successfully handled on behalf of pedestrians involve people who weren’t in marked crosswalks at the time of their accident.
If you’ve been injured as a result of an accident where the driver didn’t stick around. Or, if you’d like to know what to do in case the worst happens; then check out my FREE special report on hit and run claims in British Columbia. http://www.mccombwitten.com/reports/he-slammed-into-my-car-and-took-off-what-should-i-do.cfm It might just save you from taking a hit on your hit and run.
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