Cars have been equipped with seatbelts for decades. The regulation of seatbelts and the impact that they have on both drivers and passengers in the unfortunate event of a motor vehicle crash have been the subject of much debate over the years. There are some schools of thought that would believe that seatbelts are not … Continue reading British Columbia Seatbelt Laws: What you Need to Know
Some of us are just not “complainers” by nature. That is to say, if certain people are involved in a car accident, they will not complain or “make a fuss” about their injuries or pain. Of course, they will still seek medical attention. But they just are not the type to complain about any ongoing … Continue reading Rickett v. Sangra: Burnaby Judge Awards $355,000 to Man Injured in 2015 Car Accident
One of the more common mistakes people make following a car accident is failing to contact the local police. B.C. law actually requires anyone involved in an accident to notify the police within 24 hours (or 48 hours in rural areas) if the estimated damages exceed $1,000. Even if you are unsure of the amount … Continue reading Do You Need to Get a Police Report After a Car Accident?
A motor vehicle accident can leave you with debilitating, long-term pain that makes it impossible for you to return to your previous job. For this reason, B.C. law permits damages for loss of an accident victim’s “future earning capacity.” Calculating this category of damages is often easier said than done. If the victim was regularly … Continue reading Proving Loss of Future Earning Capacity While in School
Calculating the exact amount of a car accident victim’s injuries is often not a simple task. For instance, how do you put a dollar amount on the long-term effects of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which may result from a serious accident? Even when discussing economic damages, such as the loss of … Continue reading Quantifying the Psychological and Career Damages Caused by a B.C. Auto Accident
There are some personal injury lawsuits arising from car accidents in which both sides offer extensive expert testimony to bolster their respective cases. In other cases, there is little evidence available to the court aside from the testimony of the parties themselves and any witnesses at the scene. In these situations, the trial judge is … Continue reading The Importance of Witness Credibility in B.C. Car Accident Cases
Not all multi-party car accidents involve two motor vehicles. In B.C., it is not uncommon for a car to hit a moose or another wild animal. In more populated urban areas, there are frequently collisions between cars and household pets such as dogs. If you are involved in a vehicle-animal collision, do not assume that … Continue reading Who is Responsible When a B.C. Motorist Hits a Dog?
Under the normal rules of the road, speeding and running a red light are the type of reckless acts that would make you liable for a car accident. There is a critical exception for emergency vehicles such as ambulances. Under B.C. law, the driver of an emergency vehicle may “exceed the speed limit” and “proceed … Continue reading Who is Responsible for an Ambulance Accident?
When you have been seriously injured in a car accident and are facing financial hardship, you may be hesitant to contact a lawyer about your case. But the fact of the matter is that attempting to serve as your own lawyer in a personal injury lawsuit, especially one where you are seeking a significant amount … Continue reading Do I Need a Lawyer for a Personal Injury Case in British Columbia?
It is a basic principle of B.C. law that an accident victim is entitled to recover the costs of past and future medical care related to his or her injuries. To give a simple example, if you are hit by a car and your doctor prescribes painkillers to help you manage the pain, the negligent … Continue reading Can a B.C. Accident Victim Claim the Cost of Medical Cannabis as Damages?