In a “hit and run” accident, the at-fault motorist cannot be identified. Typically, the at-fault motorist leaves the scene of an accident without providing his or her information to the other individuals involved. Even if you do not know the identity of the at-fault driver, you may still be able to bring a claim. Under section 24 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act, ICBC is required to compensate individuals for vehicle damage, death or injury in cases in which the at-fault motorist is unknown or unidentified. However, there are clear requirements that must be met. You have an obligation to take all reasonable steps to identify the at-fault driver and you must provide written notice to ICBC within six months. If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, you should report your claim to ICBC immediately and try to provide them with information about the colour of the vehicle, the type of vehicle and the province/state of the license plate. You should also give any details (if possible) about the other driver such as their gender, age, or any identifiable features. You must then report your claim to the police and provide them with similar details. You must also gather names of any witnesses to the accident. If no one comes forward while you are at the accident scene, you will have to try to find witnesses by posting signs or by placing an advertisement in a newspaper. If you have an opportunity to identify the driver, but do not take the steps necessary to do so (e.g., recording the license plate as he leaves the scene,) then you may lose your right to an ICBC claim. It is critical in these instances to report the accident early to both ICBC and to the police. In order to be sure that you have done everything that is required by the legislation, you should speak to a lawyer. If you would like more information or require legal advice regarding vehicle accidents, please contact one of the lawyers in our personal injury law group. Note: Hammerberg Lawyers LLP presents the information on this website as a courtesy to our users. With respect to all information provided in or linked to through this website, Hammerberg Lawyers LLP makes no warranties of any kind, express or implied (including warranties of fitness for a particular purpose) and shall not be liable for any loss arising out of use of this information, including without limitation any indirect or consequential damages. While information on this site may cover legal issues, it is not legal advice. We urge you to seek legal advice from a lawyer.