In 1974, the government created ICBC – the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia – to make sure every driver in the province is protected by basic auto insurance. This not only protected the driver, it also protected passengers and the public. If anyone was injured in an accident, they could make a claim to ICBC to have medical expenses, loss of income and other financial impacts covered. Before ICBC, injured people could be holding the bag for all their expenses and losses if the driver at fault had no insurance. At DBM, we believe that basic universal coverage is a good thing.
But over the years, the nature of ICBC has changed. What started as a program to serve the needs of the people of BC has become, to many observers, a program that tends to focus on the needs of the corporation.
This is especially true in how claims are now handled. The current process can be cumbersome and confusing. Here are 6 reasons why DBM maintains that the program, 43 years later, must be updated.
The personal injury lawyers at DBM firmly hold to the idea that, with or without legal representation, claims can be more effectively, and more fairly settled, outside a trial situation.
At DBM, we support the ICBC’s mandate to make sure everyone on the road is insured, but we also believe that the corporation should work hard for the benefit of injured British Columbians so they can move forward after the trauma and recovery of being in an accident
If you have been in an accident, you might want to call a personal injury lawyer to help you get through ICBC’s claims process to make sure you receive the benefits and compensation you are entitled to. Hopefully, without going to trial.