Kelowna Bicycle Accident Lawyer
When cyclists are in a collision with a vehicle, the resulting injuries can be truly devastating. Each single day in British Columbia, an average of four bicyclists are involved in auto accidents — and every single one of them sustains some type of injury, according to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). Head injuries, multiple fractures, and spinal cord injuries are unfortunate, but not uncommon.
If you or your loved one were recently injured in a cycling accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call a bicycle accident lawyer in Kelowna at Preszler Injury Lawyers at 1-844-373-8202 for a free consult to discuss your options and how to collect reimbursement for your losses.
Can I collect compensation for my bicycle accident injuries?
Cycling BC offers personal bicycle accident insurance, but most cyclists do not carry it. However, even if you do not carry bicycle insurance, you can still typically qualify to file a ICBC claim if a driver in your household named you on his or her Part 7 certificate or if the driver was at fault for your accident.
If you can successfully prove the driver was at fault, you should be able to recover losses such as medical bills, transportation, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
BC law requires that drivers carry at least $200,000 in liability coverage, so the driver’s policy should cover — at a minimum — your damages up to that amount. You can recover more if the driver has additional liability coverage on their policy, which most drivers do.
Also, if your accident was the result of another outside factor, such as a defective bike tire or a defect in the roadway, you might be able to pursue a third-party negligence claim against the responsible party. To determine exactly what avenues for compensation you have available, contact our office for a free case evaluation with a bicycle accident lawyer in Kelowna.
How can you prove the driver was at fault?
Proving negligence is a critical component to winning your claim and getting the money you need. When dealing with insurance claims, “negligence” is synonymous with fault. You must prove that the driver acted in a careless, dangerous, or negligent manner and that his or her actions are what caused your injury.
We work with our accident investigators and reconstructionists to see if the driver was performing any negligent actions, such as the following, when your accident occurred:
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Not carefully scanning surroundings before turning
- Failing to use a turn signal
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while distracted, e.g., texting, eating, or daydreaming
- Opening a door into a cyclist
If your injuries are severe and your damages are substantial, it is quite likely that the driver or agency will try to apportion some of the blame onto you, which will effectively reduce the amount you are entitled to.
When you work with Preszler Injury Lawyers, rest assured that your lawyer will stand up for your rights and help you prove your case. In addition to proving the driver’s negligence, we work to gather evidence, such as the police report, eyewitness reports, photos/videos of the crash scene and damage, and input from our accident specialists, to work to negate any liability the other party may try to pin on you.
Why is consulting a lawyer so important with a bicycle accident case?
Bicycle accident claims are generally substantial, and without a legal professional’s advice you run the risk of making a mistake or oversight that costs you your case. There are various benefits of having a lawyer assist you with your claim. Some of the key benefits are:
- A lawyer will preserve all evidence related to the accident and your injuries.
- A lawyer will explain what compensation you are legally entitled to.
- A lawyer will help ensure you get the treatment you need.
- A lawyer will take care of the stressful or confusing issues like gathering evidence, filing legal paperwork, and negotiating with ICBC so you can focus on your recovery.
Consult a Preszler Injury Lawyers bicycle accident lawyer in Kelowna today at NO CHARGE.
Preszler Injury Lawyers has been helping injured cyclists and their families with their bicycle accident cases for over 55 years. We know how to maximize claims and ensure you get the full recovery to which you are entitled.
After reviewing your case, we will explain what your legal options are, how best to move forward with your claim, and then get to work on establishing your case. We will take the time to understand exactly what your injuries entail and how they will impact your life so we can ensure your settlement award covers them in their entirety.
Our firm provides legal services on a contingency basis, which means we do not charge you legal fees unless and until we help you collect compensation. In other words, there are no upfront fees.
Contact us today at 1-844-373-8202 for a free one-on-one consultation with a bicycle accident lawyer in Kelowna to discuss your case.