Unfortunately, no. In B.C., the costs of a claim go to the insurance policy of whoever the car is licensed and insured to (your friend), not to who's driving at the time and gets in a crash (you).
However, as part of changes to insurance that come into effect September 1, 2019, the crash will go on your driving record, not your friend's, and this may impact your own insurance premiums the next time you purchase or renew insurance. It also may impact any policies where you are a listed driver.
Find out more about how crashes impact your insurance premiums.
Having deductibles is standard in
the insurance industry and it helps keep insurance affordable.
When you buy Collision and/or
Comprehensive insurance, you have to choose a deductible. It is the amount you
must pay before your insurance kicks in to pay for the remainder of the
If the other driver is at fault
and insured by ICBC, your deductible may be reimbursed or waived.
If the other driver doesn't have
insurance with ICBC, you or your adjuster need to request the reimbursement of
your deductible from the other driver's insurance company. Learn more if
you are not responsible.
ICBC will assess fault based upon
the information available.
By law, every motorist in B.C. has
to report a crash within a reasonable amount of time. Your adjuster will
attempt to call or send a letter to the other driver before your claim
After two weeks, ICBC will send a
second letter asking to report within the next 10 days. If the other driver
fails to do so, we will assess fault based on the information available.
Report to your private insurance company if you damaged your own vehicle only.
You’ll need to report to ICBC as well if:
It takes longer to settle your claim as an ICBC adjuster may need to negotiate with the adjuster from the other insurance company.
For customers with Roadside Plus coverage, we can reimburse up to $50 toward expenses due to roadside emergencies such as:
Report your emergency roadside expense claim online or fill in our Emergency Roadside Expense Repayment form and send it to:
ICBC Emergency Roadside Expense405 - 10470 152nd StreetSurrey, BC V3R 0Y4
You'll need to make this claim within 12 months of incurring the expense.
Visit the Courts of British Columbia website and search for ICBC claim. You can browse through past judgments to see if there are any circumstances similar to your own.
Remember, every situation is different. Factors affecting settlement amounts include:
If both drivers were working at
the time of the collision regardless of fault. WorkSafeBC
has to review your claim and decide whether you're covered.
If you were working and not at
fault, you should make a WorkSafeBC claim. Government legislation states that
ICBC is not allowed to pay out for Accident Benefits if you are entitled to
claim medical, rehabilitation or wage-loss benefits through WorkSafeBC.
Under certain circumstances, you may choose to claim compensation through WorkSafeBC or ICBC. Please speak to your adjuster for more details.
Yes, we'll reimburse the amount that is required to resolve your claim. Please speak to your adjuster for more details.
ICBC would determine if you were responsible for contributing to a passenger's injuries using precedent and case laws, considering:
Learn more about seatbelt laws in B.C.
Yes, in the event of a crash dashboard cameras can be very helpful in resolving fault accurately and fairly. However, we discourage the use of any electronic devices while driving because there is always the potential for it to be a distraction.
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