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Car Accidents Are NOT All the same! Different Types of Accidents REQUIRE Different Types of Tactics

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

The other driver ignores a stop sign or a red light. You suffer serious injuries and your car is totaled.

A motorist changes lanes on a busy highway, without looking, and you’re forced off the road. You’re injured, your car is badly damaged, and you want to know who is responsible.

In the Vancouver area police deal with dozens of British Columbia car accidents each and everyday. So don’t expect anything more than a “quick and dirty” investigation of your accident.

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) processes hundreds of injury claims daily. Don’t expect them to treat you as anything other than a number.

Ask Yourself: ARE YOU SERIOUS About Your ICBC Injury Claim?

If you want to be fairly compensated for your injuries, you need to ensure that your accident is investigated both quickly and thoroughly. Any delay could compromise your right to fair compensation.


Vehicle damage—which tells the story of how an automobile accident in British Columbia happened—gets repaired. Scuff marks on the curb disappear. Dried blood on a crosswalk gets washed away. Witnesses’ memories fade. Digital data from a red light camera gets deleted.

There’s one thing you need to understand clearly. It’s the injured person’s responsibility to prove that their injuries were caused by another motorist’s wrongdoing. And in order to prove your case, you need access to all of the evidence.

When ICBC Calls and Starts Asking You Questions, WHAT WILL YOU SAY?

Let’s face it. ICBC insures pretty much every car on the road in British Columbia. So you tell me, whose interests do you really think they’re going to look out for? What do you think happens when ICBC adjusters see the opportunity to find fault on the part of both motorists involved?

Does this sound like a conflict of interest? You tell me.

How Are You Going to Handle the Situation?

You didn’t ask to be involved in a car accident. That’s not the question. So don’t waste your time thinking about it. What you need to decide is how you’re going to handle the situation.

Here’s the thing. If you want to get fairly compensated, you need a battle plan.

The first battle at hand is to ensure that your accident is both quickly and thoroughly investigated.

Each different type of auto accident requires a specific investigation strategy. Witnesses may need to be interviewed. Vehicles may need to be examined. The accident scene may need to be photographed and diagrammed.

This is just a taste of what may need to be done.

If you’re able to conduct an expert auto accident investigation on your own, fantastic! If not, you’d better find someone who knows exactly what to do.

What Exactly Do You Want?

If you want to get fairly compensated, you’re going to need to fight for it. Otherwise it’s not going to happen.

Feel free to contact us if you’re interested in how we may be able to help you. Call McComb Witten Marcoux today at 604.255.9018.

The Vancouver personal injury lawyers at McComb Witten Marcoux specialize in dealing with car accident victims whom the police and insurance adjusters tend to ignore or talk down to. We have staff members who speak English and Spanish, but also Chinese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, and Farsi. We work with clients across British Columbia and even neighboring provinces, not just the Vancouver area. We care about your concerns, and won't rush you through the legal process or refuse to hear your side of the story.