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Hit and Run Accidents 

ICBC is responsible for payment of claims caused by the negligent actions of an unidentifiable motorist

According to ICBC statistics, there were 58,000 hit and run accidents in 2017. Approximately 3.5% happened to be with injured victims. Overall, the number of accidents is increasing every year.

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Hit-and-Run Law

The Canadian Criminal Code

The Code states that a person who is involved in a car accident with another person and tries to escape liability by failing to stop and give a correct name and address commits a serious offense.

The BC Motor Vehicle Act

The BC Motor Vehicle Act requires that a driver directly or indirectly, involved in an accident must:

  • Remain at or immediately return to the scene of the accident
  • Give all reasonable assistance to other people involved
  • Produce in writing to the other driver, to anyone injured, or to a witness, a correct name and address, the name and address of the vehicle’s owner, the license number, and details of the insurance on the vehicle
Some people involved in a collision stop very briefly at the accident scene and then leave. Quickly. Is this a “hit and run”? It probably would be if the driver who leaves, does not give sufficient information to find that driver later. Also, some drivers involved in a collision will flee the scene and return later. Is this a “hit and run”? It probably would be, if the return to the scene were not “immediate”.

“Hit and run” offenses are not just committed by desperate criminals. For example, parking lot accidents involving parked vehicles, and vehicles operated by drivers who seem to be very pleasant people, are frequent events. People will do quite a bit of damage in a parking lot and just leave. This is an offense. The law requires in these circumstances that the driver:

1. Provide to the person in charge of, or the owner of, the parked vehicle, all reasonable contact and registration information, in writing, or

2. Leave the necessary information in a conspicuous place in or on the vehicle collided with.