Hit and Run cases are particularly disgusting when a pedestrian is hit in a crosswalk while the driver of the vehicle takes off hoping to avoid responsibility.
More often than not, the pedestrian will be seriously injured. Fortunately, even though the driver of the vehicle may never be identified, the law in British Columbia allows people injured by hit and run drivers to sue ICBC for compensation. However, there are certain deadlines for filing such claims. Most importantly, there is an obligation to make reasonable efforts to identify the driver and vehicle, often by placing signs at the scene of the accident, and/or placing newspaper advertisements. Failure to take those steps could result in the court dismissing the personal injury claim. A full police investigation of the accident may or may not always be sufficient to meet this standard.
If you or a loved-one has been struck by a hit and run driver, an experienced ICBC personal injury lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible. At Gantzert Law, we are happy to provide a free consultation to discuss such matters.