In order to advance your personal injury claims, it is useful for you to be organized and gather important information upfront and keep certain documents related to the accident, your injuries and any claims you will make in relation to your accident.
Things to do at the scene of the accident
- Write down the particulars of the other driver’s registration, driver’s license, license plate and contact information.
- Do not admit or deny fault for the accident.
- Obtain witness names and their contact information if possible.
- Obtain the name and badge number of the police offer who attends the accident scene and request a copy of the police report.
- Take photos of the vehicles and scene of the accident.
Things to do as soon as possible after the accident
- Attend with your GP or a hospital to have your injuries checked over and provide a full description of your injuries and symptoms.
- Notify ICBC of the accident through Dial-a-claim.
- Make a diagram of the accident and the positions of any vehicles involved. Write down any statements made by other drivers, passengers or witnesses.
- Take photographs of any visible injuries you may have had from the accident.
- Take photos of the damage to your vehicle.
- If you were involved in a hit and run, take all reasonable efforts to determine the identity of the driver who left the scene and the owner of the vehicle. Contact the police; post signs for witnesses; write down a description of the driver, vehicle and license plate; contact our law firm as soon as possible to assist with these efforts.
- Contact our law firm for a free consultation to obtain information about limitation deadlines, your rights and potential claims you may make.