Yes. ICBC may deem an accident to be a low velocity impact (“LVI”) and advise that you are not entitled to compensation. A lawyer may be able to have your claim removed from the LVI classification. Also, the Courts have regularly awarded damages for small impact accidents.
ICBC determines who is at fault in a car accident based on several factors. Your adjuster should gather information about what happened, including collecting statements from other drivers, witnesses and passengers. Also, your adjuster may review police reports (if available), consider the crash scene and consult with repair estimators. To make a decision, the adjuster should also consider the Motor Vehicle Act, the rules of the road and take a look at what happened in past court decisions for similar crashes. Typically, a fault decision is made within 30 days.