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Should I Take ICBC's Offer or Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You were injured in a car accident and now ICBC has offered you money to settle your claim – should you take ICBC’s settlement offer or hire a personal injury lawyer? As Vancouver car accident lawyers who exclusively represent injured plaintiffs, we are asked that question on a regular basis. People want to know whether the amount ICBC offered is fair and they are often worried about what happens if they reject ICBC’s offer. Here is what you should consider when deciding whether to take ICBC’s offer or hire a personal injury lawyer.
Lawyers with experience representing car accident victims are consistently asked certain questions about insurance coverage after a car accident. Lawyers at the plaintiffs-only personal injury firm of Bronson Jones & Company LLP exclusively represent victims injured in motor vehicle accidents, so they know the ins-and-outs of the insurance claim process.
Pedestrian accidents are alarmingly common in Vancouver, and are often fatal. As car accident lawyers who help injured pedestrians with ICBC claims, we know that pedestrian accidents happen because drivers and pedestrians are not aware of (or do not follow) the rules relating to the right of way. Safe pedestrian crossing relies on the proper exercise of judgment by both pedestrians and drivers.
A car crash can be a very traumatic experience. Even the calmest of people can be quite shaken up due to shock or injury following a motor accident. Vancouver lawyers who represent accident victims often hear their clients say that they felt overwhelmed and did not know what to do after the accident.
Fatigue Causes Motor Accidents: Vancouver Lawyers Discuss
Driving while fatigued is a serious threat to road safety. And unfortunately, it is also very common. In an ICBC survey, 30% of respondents admitted that they have nodded off while driving. Fatigue can be caused by too few hours of sleep the night before or it can be the result of chronic sleep debt (lost hours of sleep that accumulate over time). Other factors contributing to driver fatigue include the amount of time spent on the road, the time of day, undiagnosed sleep disorders, and the use of medications or alcohol.
Bicycle Accidents: Vancouver Lawyers on Helmets and Head Injuries
Cyclists are vulnerable to significant injuries or death in the event of a crash. A cyclist’s head will hit a hard surface in half of all bicycle accidents. Vancouver lawyers at Bronson Jones & Company LLP often represent cyclists who have sustained significant head and facial injuries as a result of such crashes. The purpose of this post is to discuss the importance of bicycle helmets to reduce the risk of head and facial injuries.
Your chances of surviving a motor vehicle accident increase dramatically if you are wearing a seat belt. However, most children are not tall or heavy enough for a seat belt to function properly. As such, the law in British Columbia states that a driver must ensure all children in the vehicle are buckled up in a manner that is appropriate for their weight, height, and age. This post will discuss the importance of child safety seats and how to know whether your child should be in a rear-facing car seat, a forward-facing car seat, a booster seat, or a seat belt.
Motor Accident Lawyers: Vancouver’s Worst Intersections
As experienced Vancouver motor accident lawyers, we know that a large number of crashes occur at intersections, and that crashes at intersections often result in the most significant personal injury. In fact, according to Transport Canada, about 30% of fatalities and 40% of serious injuries occur as a result of crashes at intersections.
Hit and Run Accident – What Are My Options?
People often assume that since the at-fault motorist is nowhere to be found, a victim of a hit and run accident is out of luck when it comes to compensation for personal injury. Road accident lawyers know that in fact, a victim of a hit and run accident in British Columbia may be able to claim against ICBC for personal injury compensation. The potential for a claim for damages following a hit and run accident is set out in section 24 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act. The hit and run accident protection in section 24 is available to drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists who are injured by an unidentified motorist, but only if proper steps are taken.
Motor Vehicle Accidents: The Role of Your Lawyer in an ICBC Claim
When you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in British Columbia, regardless of whether the accident was your fault, you must report it to ICBC. If you were injured in that accident and your vehicle was damaged, you will need to claim for rehabilitation benefits (also known as “no-fault” or Part 7 benefits), vehicle damage repairs, and compensation for your injuries. ICBC will assign an adjuster to handle your claim. The ICBC adjuster has two main objectives: first, to assign blame for the accident (sometimes called assessing liability or fault), and second, to resolve your injury claim for an amount that is fair from ICBC’s perspective, not yours. Read More
As veteran Vancouver car accident lawyers, we have seen it all when it comes to distracted driving. It doesn’t just mean using a cell phone while driving. Distracted driving is anything that diverts attention from driving tasks: wiping a spill from your morning coffee to-go; looking for an address on a GPS; changing the song on an MP3 player; grooming in the rear-view mirror; or reaching behind the seats to find a toy dropped by a child in a car seat. These distractions take a driver’s attention away from the road and can pose a serious threat to the safety. Read More
Spring is a lovely time of year – the sun comes out more often, flowers bloom, and the days get longer. The dark days of treacherous winter driving may be over, but driving in the spring can be hazardous, too. When it comes to road accidents, lawyers know that spring presents its own set of driving challenges. This spring, drivers should be on alert for the hazards discussed in this article. Read More
Each year in British Columbia there are 1,400 crashes where at least one cyclist is involved. A startling fact is that each year almost 1,000 of those 1,400 crashes occur in the Lower Mainland. Vancouver’s mild climate, densely populated downtown area, and extensive network of bicycle lanes brings cyclists out in greater numbers and for a longer cycling season than in the rest of the province. As such, accident lawyers in Vancouver are aware of the increased concern for cyclist and motor vehicle accidents. Read More
Road rules are necessary to keep traffic flowing smoothly – just imagine the traffic jams you would be stuck in every day if there were no rules of the road. But road rules serve another highly important purpose: following road rules increases the safety of people travelling on or near roads. Traffic accidents can often be avoided if drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians are careful and follow road rules. Read More
Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike expect that they will be safe when using the road. Accident lawyers know that despite that expectation, not all drivers use safe driving behaviour or follow best driving practices. Driving has become such a routine task for some; they forget the serious consequences that can be caused by a car accident. Read More
Vancouver was hit with extreme winter weather in December 2016 that created chaos on the road. Accident lawyers in Vancouver expect a significant spike in personal injury claims following December’s treacherous conditions. Drivers in Vancouver have experience with rain and wet roads, but when the winter weather rolled in, drivers were forced to contend with ice, slush, and snow accumulation on the roads as well as reduced visibility due to falling and blowing snow. Read More
Trucks, semi-trailers, and 18-wheelers require special training to operate and can be difficult to control. Because of their extra length and weight, these larger trucks require a wide turning radius that creates significant blind spots. Wide turns increase the likelihood of accidents which can cause significant personal injury. Vancouver and other busy cities are especially challenging to navigate in a large truck as there is less room for a large truck to pivot and more traffic to contend with. Read More
Wearing a seatbelt is one of the most important ways for drivers and passengers to protect themselves. Proper use of a seatbelt is the most effective way to save lives and avoid severe injuries in motor vehicle collisions. When worn correctly, a seatbelt can reduce the chances of death in a collision by 47 per cent and the chances of serious injury by 52 per cent (Transport Canada’s Road Safety in Canada). Read More
Road Accident Lawyers on Winter Hazards and Auto Collisions
Since 1979 our firm of experienced road accident lawyers has represented injured plaintiffs. In that time, we have observed a clear trend: winter months bring more motor vehicle accidents. Read More
Drunk driving is the cause of many motor vehicle accidents and fatalities each year. Criminal consequences for drunk driving are well established, and personal injury law (Vancouver and Canada-wide) in relation to law suits for injuries caused by drunk drivers is well developed. Read More
As experienced Vancouver car accident lawyers, we know that winter conditions such as rain, snow, slush, ice, and fog dramatically increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents, making driving during winter more challenging and dangerous. A driver’s chances of being injured or killed in a crash dramatically increase during British Columbia’s winter driving season, which runs from October 1 to March 31. Read More
Being injured in a motor vehicle accident in British Columbia is very stressful. The accident itself and the personal injury you suffer as a result are traumatic. The situation can be made worse by not having an experienced Vancouver ICBC lawyer to guide you through the complex claims process in the aftermath of the motor vehicle accident. Read More
Through our years of experience as car accident lawyers in Vancouver and the surrounding area, we have noticed a few common misconceptions about car accident claims. Read More
Vancouver Accident Lawyers Discuss the Pros and Cons of Settling vs. Going to Trial
Every person who commences a personal injury claim after a motor vehicle accident will at some point be faced with an important choice: should I settle my case or go to trial? It is important to understand the pros and cons of each option. Read More
Role of Police Report in Injury Claims
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in British Columbia, the police may attend at the scene of the collision. If the accident caused injury, death, or sufficient property damage, the officer will fill out a BC Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Police Investigation Report, more commonly known as a “Police Report”. Read More
When to Sue for Personal Injury or Wrongful Death
When you have suffered a personal injury or a family member has suffered a wrongful death, it can be difficult to decide whether to commence a claim for compensation. There are a number of factors to consider. Read More
ICBC Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits
Most people injured in a motor vehicle accident in British Columbia are entitled to medical and rehabilitation benefits from the Insurance Company of British Columbia (ICBC). These benefits are paid regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Read More
Vancouver ICBC Lawyers Discuss Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents can have significant and permanent implications for a person’s life. Brain injuries are common in serious motor vehicle accidents. According to the Brain Injury Association of Canada, 160,000 Canadians sustain brain injuries each year. Read More
Increasing Bicycle Safety in Vancouver
The popularity of cycling is on the rise in Vancouver and other parts of British Columbia. According to the City of Vancouver, between 2008 and 2011, the number of cycling trips per day increased 41 percent from 47,100 to 66,500. In response to safety concerns, governments and other organizations have put in place programs to help protect both motorists and cyclists. Read More
Vancouver Accident Lawyers Discuss Evidence Types
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the neglect of someone else, certain evidence will be necessary to prove your personal injury case. Information regarding the events prior to, during and after the accident, any damage to your vehicle, any injuries you may have sustained and the observations of any independent witnesses will be relevant to the case. This information can also be used to prove your entitlement to compensation from the Insurance Corporation British Columbia (ICBC). Read More
High-Risk Driving Behaviours
Every day in British Columbia there are motor vehicle accidents that lead to serious injury or death. According to RoadSafety BC, in 2013, the number of accidents in BC where a victim was injured was 85,000. Insurance Corporation British Columbia (ICBC) reports that high-risk driving was a top contributing factor in the 5 year average of 143 of 269 fatal crashes. High-risk driving includes failing to yield the right of way, following too closely, ignoring a traffic control device, improper passing and speeding. Each of these driving behaviours are discussed in detail below. Read More
Teens and Auto Accidents
Car accidents are the top cause of death of teenagers in British Columbia according to the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA). The fatality rate for teens involved in auto accidents in Canada is four to nine times greater than any other age group. The demographics show that male drivers in BC between the ages of 16 - 20 are 20 percent more likely to be killed in a serious car accident. Drivers under the age of 21 are involved in 14 percent of all vehicle crashes in BC when yet they represent fewer than seven percent of the drivers. As a preemptive measure, learner and novice drivers are required to display a sign on the back of the vehicle to indicate their driving status. However, teens still get into auto accidents. Some of the common reasons are discussed here below, including distracted driving, drinking and driving and drugs and driving. Read More
Lawyers in Vancouver on Multi-Vehicle Accidents
A multi-vehicle accident is when two or more vehicles (cars, bikes, trucks, buses, motorcycles, etc.) collide due to the negligence of one or more drivers. Such accidents are more common than you may realize. They often lead to serious personal injuries and/or death, major road or highway closures to allow for investigation or clean-up, and expensive damage to vehicles. Read More
Impaired Driving in British Columbia
Despite stringent laws against impaired driving, impaired driving accidents in British Columbia (BC) continue to occur each year. Impairment remains in the top three contributing factors for fatal car crashes, next to distracted driving and speeding. Approximately 27 per cent of motor vehicle fatalities are related to impaired driving, according to Insurance Corporation British Columbia (ICBC). Read More
On Vehicle Accidents and Speeding
In Clements (Litigation Guardian of) v. Clements, 2009 BCSC 112 the plaintiff suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when the motorcycle she was a passenger on crashed after the rear tire burst. The defendant argued that the loss of control was caused by a rapid deflation of the tire resulting from the sudden expulsion of a nail that had punctured the tire and that he was not negligent. Read More
Accident Lawyers Discuss Motorcycle Laws in British Columbia
Motorcycles can be very dangerous, and as such, they are heavily regulated in British Columbia (B.C.) and across Canada. According to Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), motorcycles make up 3 percent of insured vehicles, yet they’re involved in 11 percent of road fatalities. Moreover, approximately 1500 people are injured in crashes involving motorcycles each year in B.C., with about 37 riders dying. Read More
Distracted Driving Accidents
In British Columbia, distracted driving is the second highest contributing factor to motor vehicle related fatalities, with 88 deaths a year. This number even surpasses the ICBC figures for deaths attributed to drunk drivers on B.C. roads. Despite these statistics, it is estimated that over 9,500 drivers continue to use a hand-held device while driving at any given time in British Columbia. Read More
Legislation Affecting Senior Drivers
With an aging population, there are a lot more seniors on the road – as we are living longer, we are also driving longer. This is a good thing as seniors are often our most experienced drivers. However, as we age we are also clearly more vulnerable due to age-related changes to our vision, alertness and sometimes even our confidence. That is the rationale behind a number of laws, regulations, practices and procedures that govern how and when we can drive as we age. Read More
Surrey Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Rights After a Motorcycle Accident
Accidents involving motorcycles are on the rise in British Columbia and so it is essential that both car drivers and motorcyclists are mindful of the risks involved in sharing the road. If you or a family member have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important that you are aware of your rights, including what liability issues are involved and your eligibility to file a personal injury claim. Read More
Vancouver Accident Lawyers Discuss What You Should Know Before Towing a Trailer
As many Canadian families enjoy trips to the lake during the summer, it is quite common for a trailer to be attached to a vehicle in order to tow boats, camping supplies and a variety of other recreational items. Similarly, in the winter, it is common for drivers to tow snowmobiles on trailers behind their cars. However, it is important that drivers are aware of the liability issues arising from driving with these trailers attached to their vehicles. Read More
How to Help Family Members Injured in a Car Accident
If a family member is injured after a car accident, you will want to help however possible but may not know how. You may be unsure about what you can do, what treatment is available and what you can expect in terms of recovery. The information will depend on the severity of the injury. Doctors will provide initial instructions about medical care when your loved one is released from the hospital. Read More
Vancouver Accident Lawyers on Examination for Discovery
The purpose of an examination for discovery is to enable both parties to exchange vital information about the case, giving both parties all the information needed for a trial. It provides a preview of oral and documentary evidence for the trial and commits an opposing witness to his or her testimony. Most importantly, discovery fixes and narrows the matters in issue for the litigation. How long does it take? Who is examined? Get answers here.
Dealing with ICBC Adjusters on Fault Claims
Insurance adjusters are representatives of the insurance company. By nature of their employment, the insurance adjusters are on the defence side of your personal injury claim. They are trained to encourage you to settle the case on your own and to discourage you from hiring a lawyer. Typically, the same adjuster works on the claim from beginning to end. It is in his or her interest to settle quickly and for as little money as possible, as adjustors are evaluated on this statistic by their employer. Read More
Vancouver Personal Injury Law Cases: How Facebook Can Harm You
The information we share online with friends and family can be used in ways we never imagined. Rather than showing how you try to look positive despite having injuries, the information can be used negatively in a personal injury case. Often, unfair conclusions are drawn and posts are presented to overshadow other evidence. For example, posting about a soccer game or charitable bike ride you participated in could be used to show that no serious injury exists. Read More
Vancouver Car Accident Lawyers on Loss of Future Earnings
If you have lost time from work as a result of a motor vehicle accident, you may be able to make a claim for a loss of future earnings amount as part of your claim. The amount is not a simple calculation based on being unable to work the same number of working hours at the same pay rate over your remaining career. Rather, loss of future earnings is to be determined according to your lost ability to earn income for your remaining career. Your income potential before the collision occurred is given much weight as is your limitations resulting from injuries. Read More
Compensation Guidelines for a Motor Vehicle Accident Tort Claim
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and are not the at-fault driver, you may find it worthwhile to consult a personal injury lawyer for professional advice about a tort claim. A lawyer will ask questions about what happened and what your injuries are and then discuss whether you have a case for financial compensation. The lawyer can give advice about what factors influence the total compensation amount, including the type and extent of the injuries suffered. Read More
Rotator Cuff Injury from a Motor Vehicle Accident
A motor vehicle accident can cause various personal injuries, including a rotator cuff strain or tear. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons connected to your shoulder that you use to lift your arm or lift a heavy object. Your family physician can assess the range of motion in your arm and perhaps order tests, such as an X-ray, MRI or ultrasound, to rule out a fracture or other injuries. Read More
What to Expect at a First Meeting with Your Lawyer?
When meeting a personal injury lawyer for the first time, much information needs to be exchanged to determine the nature and potential for a law suit for damages and if the fit is right for both parties. It is recommended that you learn what you can about the lawyer you will meet with, including by reviewing the law firm’s website, length of time in existence, any online reviews, if they have successfully handled the type of case you have and if they have trial experience. The initial meeting usually is not long, especially if you come prepared with an intake form completed in advance. Read More
What Is Contributory Negligence?
The amount of compensation for damages payable from a collision depends largely on establishing who is at fault. Often, fault is found to lie with more than one person. The plaintiff’s counsel will argue that the defendant’s conduct departed from the applicable standard of care and will seek to prove a causal relation between the defendant’s breach of that standard of care and the accident. The defendant’s counsel will seek to defeat the plaintiff’s claim on the basis that he or she met the standard of care and that someone else contributed to the plaintiff’s injury. Read More
What About Winter Driving Conditions?
Winter driving conditions in BC can be challenging at the best of times. Such issues are often in dispute with respect to the cause of automobile accidents. The chance of being injured or killed in a collision dramatically increases during BC’s winter driving season, which runs from October 1st to April 30th. The average number of collisions whereby a person is injured or dies as a result of driving too fast for the road conditions also nearly doubles from fall to early winter in BC. The incidence of collisions increases with the volume of vehicles on the road, with densely populated urban centres having the highest collision rates. Read More
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you are a British Columbia resident who incurred a personal injury motor vehicle accident, the best firm to hire is one that exclusively practices personal injury law in British Columbia. A personal injury lawyer will explain the deadlines and technical requirements that you must follow, help you understand the type of compensation available and assist in completing the necessary documents while you focus on your treatment and recovery. Read More