Abbotsford Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Cycling can be an invigorating form of exercise, an eco-friendly way of commuting to work, and a fun recreational activity the whole family can enjoy together. Unfortunately, because of the wrongful actions of distracted, intoxicated, careless, reckless, or otherwise negligent motor vehicle operators, riding a bike in Abbotsford can also be dangerous.
Bicycle accidents in Abbotsford can have serious, life-changing consequences. In just one recent year, there were 428 collisions involving bicycles in the Fraser Valley. Hundreds of community members can be seriously injured as the result of motor vehicle operator’s negligence.
Unlike the occupants of passenger vehicles who can rely on their cars’ built-in safety features in the event of a collision, cyclists have only helmets and other forms of wearable gear to protect them. If struck by motor vehicles traveling at high speeds, cyclists in Abbotsford can be killed. They can also sustain severe, permanent, and catastrophic injuries that change the course of the rest of their lives.
Various types of injuries can be sustained in bicycle accidents caused by a negligent driver. Injuries commonly sustained in Abbotsford bicycle accidents frequently include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Broken, fractured bones
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Knee injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Cuts, lacerations
- Friction wounds (i.e., “road rash”)
- Facial and dental injuries
- And more
Since implementing their new “enhanced care” model of no-fault insurance coverage in May 2021, ICBC has taken away the rights of vulnerable road-users who have been injured in car crashes. The Crown corporation’s shift to a no-fault accident benefits model has left injured cyclists feeling abandoned, subject to the whims and timelines of a highly bureaucratic institution and with virtually no options to appeal unfair decisions. If you were injured in a bicycle accident after May 1, 2021, ICBC will not allow you to pursue compensation by filing a civil claim against the driver who struck you, even if they were clearly at-fault for the accident. Additionally, if the insurer decides to withhold benefits from you, there are limited options to appeal their unfair determination. To express your concerns about this new “enhanced care” model of insurance coverage imposed by ICBC, contact your MLA.
If you were struck by a negligent driver before May 1, 2021, our Abbotsford bicycle accident lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for the injuries you have sustained. By filing a civil claim against the at-fault driver whose wrongful actions behind the wheel caused your collision, our bicycle accident lawyers serving Abbotsford may be able to provide crucial guidance and support on your journey to accountability and fair compensation.
To learn more about working with our Abbotsford bicycle accident lawyers, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers online or call 1-800-JUSTICE to take advantage of a free initial consultation.
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Even if your collision occurred after May 1, 2021, you could benefit by consulting with our bicycle accident lawyers serving Abbotsford. But taking advantage of cost-free legal advice tailored to the specific conditions of your case, you could learn about compensatory options that might be available to you.
To book your free initial consultation and learn how our Abbotsford bicycle accident lawyers may be able to provide you with assistance, call 1-800-JUSTICE today.