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Doing the ICBC dance

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I will now provide you with a roadmap to minimize ICBC’s ability to have a hit-and-run claim dismissed on a technicality.

I call it a technicality because most people have no idea that their claim could be dismissed if they don’t play detective to find the perpetrator.

ICBC’s website has very minimal information. And the information they give is misleading.

Under “Steps to making a hit and run claim”, they have as a heading for step one: “Try to identify the other vehicle and the person responsible.”

But the only instruction they have under that heading is “Call the police immediately if you notice the hit-and-run motorist leaving the scene, and provide the description of the vehicle and the driver, the plate number, and the direction the vehicle is travelling, if you can.”

I wonder if they will update their web page to include a link to this column? I don’t really wonder.

Or include a link to the case of Springer v. Kee, 2012 BCSC 1210, where an innocent victim’s claim was dismissed even though the police were called to the scene.

Mr. Springer’s vehicle was rear-ended by that of Ms. Kee. On getting out of his vehicle to talk to Ms. Kee, he learned that another vehicle had been involved.

Ms. Kee said that an unidentified other vehicle had pushed her........

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