Unfortunately, vehicles sometimes flee the scene after hitting a pedestrian or cyclist or colliding with a car. Fortunately, s.24(1) of the Insurance (Motor Vehicle) Act allows the victims of hit and run accidents to collect damages from ICBC in cases where they cannot find the at-fault driver’s name or vehicle after reasonable effort. The current coverage is up to $200,000 for damages and injuries. As an exception, hit-and-run claims are not available for collisions on private driveways and private underground parking lots. As one of the largest firms of hit and run lawyers in Vancouver, we are able to advise you about your unique circumstances.
As a victim, you must take crucial steps to receive the benefit of this protection. The following are the steps we recommend you take at minimum:
ICBC requires that you demonstrate “reasonable efforts” to find the at-fault driver. “Reasonable efforts” will be in accordance with your circumstances and injuries.
Contact Us for Legal Advice
It is imperative that you get legal advice as quickly as possible after the accident because of the strict requirements you need to meet to access benefits and pursue a claim for personal injury damages. At Bronson Jones & Company LLP, we are one of the largest personal injury law firms in Vancouver and have an additional 11 offices throughout British Columbia. We are available to help you obtain the compensation that you or your loved one is entitled to from being injured in a hit and run accident.