Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. It’s bad enough to be involved in one, but the last thing you need is to make mistakes when it comes to your claims. Let’s face it; it may be the first time you’ve been involved in an accident and the whole process of what comes afterwards can be stressful and overwhelming.
Being inexperienced in the ways of claims, a simple error can make a big difference in a negative way for you. That’s why you should work with an ICBC lawyer to manager your legal claims.
Here are some mistakes you definitely do not want to make with your ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) claims.
1. Failure To Get The Driver’s Information
You must always get the information of the other driver who caused the accident, or you may not be able to make a claim. This means getting the driver’s name and license plate. If you can, take photos or get someone to do it for you. If it’s a hit and run, call the police and report it to the ICBC as well.
2. Not Seeing A Doctor
If you’re involved and injured in an accident, you must see your doctor. The doctor will keep a record and all of this will be used in your claim. Remember, sometimes injuries can become apparent later as well. Sometimes, apart from physical injuries, it could trigger mental problems. All of this is going to be relevant. As long as you see a doctor and it goes on record, it can help your case. If you do not mention certain conditions that arose as a result of the accident, then you cannot be compensated properly.
3. Failing To Report The Accident
Believe it or not, there are people who are guilty of doing this. The police should be called and the accident must be reported to them. You should also notify the ICBC as soon as possible. An investigation should take place as soon as possible while everything is still fresh and while the evidence is still there.
4. Talking To ICBC About The Case
As far as possible, you should NOT discuss your particular case with anyone other than your lawyer. Other than reporting an accident to ICBC, you should not discuss your personal case with them later on. These conversations are recorded and what you say can be used against you by the opposing lawyers. If ICBC want to talk with you, politely direct them to speak with your lawyer.
5. Not Preserving The Evidence
If you can, you really must get as much evidence immediately after the accident, assuming you are able enough to do so. If not, get someone else to do it for you. Do this before anyone else tampers with the evidence. Get as many photos as you can. Take photos of your injuries, of the accident scene, of where the cars came to rest. You need to show how this accident has impacted your life as well as your work life. Your injuries can cause loss of income and reduction in productivity. Get the contact information of witnesses, as this will help your case.
With the help of a lawyer, you can avoid mistakes that will cost you. Try not to settle quickly. You need to know how this accident will affect you not just over the next few months, but possibly for the rest of your life. If it’s bad, then it could cause early retirement; your injuries could get progressively worse over time; so, don’t settle quickly. With a good lawyer to guide you, you can avoid many pitfalls along the way.