Because of the difference in weight, speed and level of protection, cyclists are often on the losing end of a bicycle versus motor vehicle collision. Cyclists can suffer devastating injuries in these crashes. Most cyclists have options to collect accident benefits for their injuries through ICBC, even if they do not have auto insurance themselves.
Since 1959, the Preszler Law Firm has been helping injured people and their families get the compensation they are due after an accident. We evaluate your case to identify the sources of compensation available to you, such as Part 7 Accident Benefits or compensation from a liability claim against the at-fault driver. Call us at 1-844-373-8202 to learn what options are available to you.
In the majority of cases, cycling accidents occur because the driver of a motor vehicle fails to follow the rules of the road and collides with someone on a bike. These collisions lead to serious consequences for the cyclist, although they rarely cause harm to the motorist.
Whether or not the cyclist has their own auto policy with ICBC, they can file a claim for Part 7 Accident Benefits. These benefits include medical treatment, income replacement, rehabilitation costs, attendant care benefits, and more.
Injured cyclists can also file a third-party liability claim against a driver who caused their accident. If the driver has a Basic Auto Plan, this provides coverage for pain and suffering, medical costs and other damages up to $200,000. Most motorists, however, carry insurance policies with coverage of at least $1,000,000
Sounds simple and straightforward, right? Not quite. ICBC does not simply send claimants money because they file a claim. A successful claim that recovers full and fair compensation means proving the value of damages and, when pursuing a third-party claim, proving the driver caused the accident.
It is always a good idea to talk with a Surrey bicycle accident lawyer after a collision with a motorist. In many cases, a lawyer can help you get the full amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries, especially when ICBC attempts to offer less than you are due.
Preszler Law works to ensure we have the right evidence, like police reports, eyewitness testimonies, medical records, and even expert testimony, all of which we utilize to prove case value and liability. We evaluate and weigh all legal options, navigate the ICBC claims system, and offer all of the resources necessary for a successful claim.
As a bicyclist injured in an accident with a motor vehicle, you are entitled to benefits from ICBC. But getting the full amount of benefits depends on having a lawyer who knows how to navigate these often-complicated cases and fight for the full amount of compensation you’re due.
ICBC may argue you are at fault for the accident or may not offer full compensation for your injuries. That’s why experience with bike accidents in particular is so important when choosing a lawyer.
Your lawyer should make you feel comfortable and confident about the claims process. Take the time to discuss your case with the lawyer before deciding whether he or she is the best option for your case. The best lawyer for you is the one that knows bicycle accident cases, eases your fears, and reduces your stress.
In most cases, you have two years to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver to collect compensation. If you miss this deadline, you will be barred from filing a claim. There may also be much quicker notice provisions if a government party is responsible for your accident.
Bicycle claims are rarely as simple as they should be. Before you file a claim with ICBC – and certainly before you discuss your accident with an ICBC adjuster – it is a good idea to talk to a Surrey bicycle accident lawyer about your injury claim. At Preszler Law, we can help you get the maximum amount of compensation available for your accident injuries.
Call us today at 1-844-373-8202 for a free, no-obligation consultation. We handle all of our cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing until we win your case.