Steps to Take if You Have Been Involved in a Car Accident

On average, there are approximately 39,000 car accidents per year on Vancouver Island. This works out to be just over one hundred car accidents per day.  On the Island, there are over 300 cyclists involved in in motor vehicle accidents per year.

In Victoria, the highest incidence of car accidents typically occurs at intersections along Douglas Street, the Island Highway and Burnside.

There are a number of steps you should consider taking to ensure optimal recovery and appropriate compensation following a car accident.

The following is a list of some of the steps that should be taken:

Assess Injuries and Exchange Information

  • At the scene of the car accident you should assess injuries and call 9-1-1 if anyone is hurt.
  • You should exchange information with those involved in the vehicle accident and with potential witnesses.
  • If you are able to, take pictures of the accident scene. The pictures should include the damage to the vehicles, the positioning of the vehicles and any debris on the road.

Have You Sustained Injuries?

  • If you are injured, you should go to the hospital to receive the appropriate medical care.
  • If your injuries are only minor, you may wish to simply go to your general practitioner (GP);
    • Seeking medical help will not only help you with your recovery, but will create a set of records if you seek compensation in the future for your injuries. 
    • In Victoria, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a GP.  Even if you don’t have a GP you should still regularly attend a clinic to follow up and obtain treatment advice.  It is preferable to attend the same clinic for continuity of treatment and records.

Consult a Personal Injury Lawyer

  • After meeting with the doctors, it is a good idea to consult a personal injury lawyer to determine your options;
    • The options you will typically encounter are:

Notify ICBC

  • After you receive the necessary medical attention you should also promptly notify ICBC of the accident;
  • In the months that follow the accident, whether you hire a personal injury lawyer or not, you should focus on your recovery and monitor your improvements. You should also keep records of your out-of-pocket expenses relating to your injuries and treatment costs as these may be eligible for reimbursement by ICBC.

If you or someone you know has been in a car accident, please contact Sitka Law Group for a free consultation.  We will discuss your rights and your options so that you can make an informed decision.  Sitka Law Group is conveniently located on Shelbourne Street near the intersection of the borders of Victoria, Oak Bay and Saanich.

 

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