In town filming the "superhero" movie Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds was reportedly hit by an overly eager paparazzo's car in a Vancouver hotel parking lot on the weekend. Deadpool apparently has superhuman healing powers and Ryan has Blake Lively, so chances are Ryan will bounce back from any personal injuries. Unfortunately, the rest of us mere mortals need to be on our toes to ensure we are covered in the event of a hit and run accident.
Thankfully, pursuant to Section 24 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act, ICBC is required to compensate you for death or injury or for damage to a vehicle even if the at-fault motorist is unknown. However, in order to ensure ICBC is required to cover these damages, the hit and run victim must first take certain steps to meet the requirements of Section 24.
1) Give ICBC written notice of the accident as soon as reasonably possible but no later than 6 months after the accident. Unless your injuries prevent you from doing so, the courts typically require a victim to report to ICBC within a few days of the accident
2) Take all reasonable steps to identify the at fault motorist. Other than contacting ICBC, these steps should include:
a. If feasible, follow the other vehicle to get the license plate information or at least a good description of the vehicle.
b. Notify the police immediately and follow up as appropriate.
c. Place an advertisement looking for witnesses and the other driver (social media, newspaper, craigslist are a couple of suggested places to try).
d. Play detective. If there are businesses or houses close to the accident, try knocking on doors to see if there are any witnesses.
Other than the above, if you've been in a hit and run accident, you would also be best served to consult a lawyer who can assist you with completing all of these steps and who has experience in tracking down unidentified motorists. Give us a call if you are in this situation.