Our team of motorcycle accident lawyers at Bronson Jones & Company LLP can provide you with important information and advocate for you in your motorcycle case. We have an office in Vancouver and 9 other locations in the Lower Mainland. We understand that, unlike automobile accidents, motorcycle accident victims often have severe injuries to arms and legs, including loss of a limb. We recognize that motorcyclists are often deemed by witnesses to be driving at a higher speed than accurate. Further, we are aware that the general public often assumes the motorcyclist is at-fault.
What Factors Does ICBC Consider in Determining Fault and Damages?
ICBC will examine all the available information before the accident and look for any evidence of negligence to determine who is “at-fault” and in awarding damages. ICBC may attempt to reduce your compensation even if you are determined not to be “at-fault” after reviewing:
Your motorcycle’s condition (i.e. proper maintenance, meeting the safety standards for tire tread, tire inflation and brakes);
The location of your motorcycle upon impact (i.e. left, centre or right side of lane);
Your actions immediately before the accident (i.e. failing to pay attention or driving unsafely);
Whether or not you were wearing appropriate safety devices (i.e. a certified helmet and protective clothing, including appropriate footwear).
The Importance of Witnesses
As with a car accident, evidence from witnesses and the accident scene are key in determining liability. An accident reconstruction expert may need to be retained, preferably one well-versed in collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles, objects or pedestrians. We regularly work with accident reconstruction engineers and specialists in our practice.
What Can We Do?
At Bronson Jones & Company LLP, we have extensive experience representing injured victims. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer in our location in Vancouver or at our 9 other Bronson Jones & Company LLP offices can talk with you about your case. We have offices across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.