Whether it’s in a car, on a bike, or other type of vehicle, a collision or serious crash can be a traumatic experience. If you’ve been injured, it’s important to know what immediate steps you can take to protect your rights:
At the scene of the accident, you should first determine if you are injured and then check on others involved in the accident. If anyone is hurt, call emergency services immediately.
Exchange information with any drivers involved, including driver’s license number, license plate number, home and email address, and phone number. This helps ensure you will be able to locate the driver in the future.
Collect the names and contact information of any witnesses. In cases where fault for the accident could be in doubt, witness statements are invaluable to prove your claim. For example, it is common for drivers who have run a red light to state they thought the light was green or amber. Without witness information, it can be difficult to determine who was at fault.
Take photographs of the accident site, vehicle damage, and the surrounding area before moving the vehicles. Your cell phone camera can be enormously helpful here. If you don’t have a camera-enabled phone or it is damaged in the crash, ask the other driver or a witness if they have a phone or camera handy.
If you are injured, we strongly encourage you to contact us at KazLaw before speaking with ICBC. It is important to report your accident by calling ICBC at Dial-a-Claim (Lower Mainland: 604-520-8222, Outside the Lower Mainland: 1-800-910-4222) as soon as possible. Even if you have already reported the accident, we are here to help. More information can be found on the next step.