Hit and Run – Do you know what to do?

In a recent case, Ms. Morris was a passenger in her husband’s vehicle when they were rear-ended, causing their vehicle to collide with the vehicle ahead of them.  She suffered injuries as a result. 

The collision occurred on a busy road, so her husband indicated to the other drivers to go to a nearby parking lot to exchange information.  However, the driver that ran into her vehicle drove off and she did not get his license plate number.  She called 911 and reported the accident to ICBC.  She did not post any signs or ask nearby businesses if they witnessed the accident.

At trial, the judge found that Ms. Morris did not make reasonable efforts to determine the identity of the driver.  She thought that having the driver of the vehicle ahead of her as a witness would be enough but, unfortunately, he did not see the driver that hit her. 

Her claim was dismissed with an order to pay ICBC’s costs.

Morris v. Doe, 2011 BCSC 253

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