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The Dangers of Hit & Run Accidents

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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There’s a story out of Victoria this morning that highlights just how dangerous some BC’s drivers can be.

It’s a report about an accident involving a collision between a motorist and a scooter.

But get this…

Traffic was stationary at the time.

And the woman who got hit wasn’t even on her scooter. She was walking her ride across a marked crosswalk.

So what did the driver who crashed into this lady do?

They sped away from the scene. Hitting another vehicle in the process.

It’s a catalogue of catastrophic driving. And it would almost be funny if the driver’s blatant disregard for the rules of the road hadn’t landed a woman in the hospital.

Now I’d love to tell you that accidents like this are rare.

But sadly, I can’t.

Because hit and run accidents happen with frightening frequency on our streets.

On average there are 49,000 hit and run accidents in BC every year. Some of these incidents are fairly minor. But tragically many aren’t. In fact, according to figures from ICBC an average of 9 people lose their lives in hit and run incidents in BC every year. While upwards of 2,000 are injured.

And unfortunately the pain doesn’t stop there for people who’ve been hurt in a hit and run accident.

Here’s the thing, if you don’t know EXACTLY what to do immediately following a hit and run accident; you could forfeit your right to compensation.

You could be left without financial support to help pay for your medical expenses, to cover your lost wages and to help with any ongoing care you may need to help you manage your day to day needs.

In short, your life could be changed forever.

The bottom line is that in BC hit and run claims in British are tricky. The law states that an individual must take "all reasonable steps" to identify the driver of the vehicle and the vehicle that hit you.

And if you don’t follow the proper process you might never see a penny in compensation.

So what should you do immediately following a hit and run accident?

What can you do to demonstrate that you’ve done “everything reasonably possible to identify the vehicle and the driver of the vehicle that hit you?

Here goes:

1.  Call the police right after your accident;

2.  Call ICBC right away to report your accident;

3.  Knock on doors in the area. You may find someone who witnessed your accident;

4.  Post signs at the scene of the accident seeking the identity of for witnesses; and

5.  Put an ad in the classified section of your local newspaper looking for witnesses.

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 in the event you’re involved in a hit and run accident my FREE special report which deals with this exact subject. http://www.mccombwitten.com/reports/he-slammed-into-my-car-and-took-off-what-should-i-do.cfm

Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers



Category: Car Accidents

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