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Old 06-24-2010, 03:03 PM   #1
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This morning I was side-swipped by a sentra while waiting for a red light to turn green at byrne rd and marine drive. After which the driver tryed to drive off but I followed him holding my horn down until he pulled over at boundary.

I have never been involved in an auto accident and I have heard horror stories from other about ICBC from others. I am curious to hear from other Impreza owners that have dealt with ICBC as to what I need to be aware of when dealing with ICBC. So far all I can tell is that the driver side is all banged up and the paint is scratched up.

Any advise would be appriciated

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Old 06-24-2010, 03:07 PM   #2
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well considering your vehicle was stopped at the time it can only be 100% the other drivers fault. any witnesses?
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:11 PM   #3
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If he drove off and you have no witnesses I would have called the cop right away .
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:10 PM   #4
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yup +1 for calling the Fuzz . . not witness = he will tell ICBC that you were hanging into his lane on some stupid crap like that.

I hope you ripped him a new Bum hole when he finally pulled over for you !!!!!
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:26 PM   #5
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If he drove off and you have no witnesses I would have called the cop right away .
After my passenger yelled at him and I got his info I did call he cops. He almost hit a cyclist when he merged into traffic again then almost hit a pick up truck....

The Burnaby RCMP told me that they would flag his drivers licence as they could not do anything now since he had drove away and was headed into Vancouver.

I figured my passenger was a witness but then I realized after the fact that she could be considered a confict of interest since she is my girlfriend.
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:36 PM   #6
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Passengers are always a conflict of interest from what I recall.

Good luck with that!
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Old 06-24-2010, 04:59 PM   #7
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They will ask you to write a statement on what happened. They will also ask you if you had any witnesses who will in turn have to write a statement. They will also contact the guy who hit you and ask him for a statement. They will then compare all of the statements and will look for consistencies with the story and try to figure out what really happened and who may be at fault. They will also take pictures of your car and possibly some paint samples - so don't wash your car. The guy who hit you may have a different story which is why it is important to have other independent witnesses. However, this is not always the case so make sure you go into as much detail as possible and don't lie. Tell them everything, from when you were cruising along, to when you were hit, to when he left and to when you called the cops. They will also take into account yours and the other dudes driving history etc.

Oh and on a final note, be nice to them and speak and look professional. If you start freaking out they will profile you as being hot headed and a road rager - which is not in your favour. However, don't be void of emotion either. Don't wear a cheesy suit - but don't walk in there with your ball cap on backwards and look like a punk. ICBC sees this crap all the time so they know what they are doing and what to look for.

Good luck!!

Post when you finish speaking with them.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:35 PM   #8
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It's pretty important to get a witness if you can. I had a guy stop in the middle of the road and then back into the front of my car once! ICBC said if I didn't have a witness (who was standing on the side of the road at the time) it would have been been 100% my fault because the guy said I hit him.

Much different in your case because it's probably pretty obvious you didn't hit him, just saying some people will say anything to try and screw you over so try and get a witness.
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Old 06-25-2010, 10:35 AM   #9
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I've dealt with ICBC a few times when it comes to accidents. Do yourself a favor, write out your statement a head of time and hand it to them to type into their computer. Writing it out a head of time can save yourself if you mis-speak when verbally giving them a statement. With writing it out a head you can proof read it and re-read it enough times to ensure you stated enough details to cover yourself.

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Old 06-25-2010, 10:51 AM   #10
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yup. writing the statement a head of time helped a lot last time i've dealt with ICBC.
Also a diagram of what happened would help as well. (i.e. drawing of where the accident happened, where your cars were at the time of the accident, where you were heading, etc..)

good luck.
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Old 06-25-2010, 11:57 AM   #11
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Yep - writing it out helped me big time. As did the note the woman gave me indicating she would pay and wanted to settle outside ICBC. They were going to call it 50/50 - but then she started lying to them (she had contacted me from her house on the same day ICBC called her, and her partner had said she was out of town). Luckily they came out on my side because I was both cooperative and professional - despite being like 20 at the time. Good luck!
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Old 06-25-2010, 07:22 PM   #12
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Like many before me have said its important to have a witness and to have a well written out statement of events.

What I have found to be even more reliable are pictures and signed statements from the other driver. There is absolutely no running away from admitting to on video/photo that you are at fault, regardless of the situation being handled through icbc or not.

Just having a simple pen and some paper or make a short video confession with their drivers license in hand.
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