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Tips on Avoiding a Road Accident: Vancouver Lawyers Weigh In

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

Road Accident Lawyers Discuss Weather Conditions and Negligence Claims

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

Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Truck Safety

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

The Importance of Seatbelts to Avoid Severe Injuries

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 accidentsRead More

Vancouver Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Marijuana and Driving

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

Vancouver Car Accident Lawyers’ Top Tips for Winter Driving

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

Importance of Working with an Experienced Vancouver ICBC Lawyer

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

Vancouver Car Accident Lawyers Share Facts about Claims

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.
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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

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