By law, anyone involved in a car accident must remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives. Leaving the scene after a collision results in Failing to Stop at the Scene of an Accident, a criminal offence with potentially serious penalties. This attempt to avoid responsibility is better known as a hit and run. The … Continue reading What Happens If Someone Leaves the Scene of an Accident?
If you are self-employed, an auto accident can have a devastating impact on your ability to earn a living. Especially if you work in an industry where client demand tends to fluctuate, it may be difficult to calculate the precise loss of income attributable to an accident. Nevertheless, B.C. judges have a legal duty to … Continue reading How Does an Auto Accident Affect a Self-Employed Person’s Income?
Our lawyers Almira Esmail and Tyler Dennis recently received news of another victory in the recent judgment of Khademolhosseini v. Ji, 2019 BCSC 854. On December 23, 2014 Dr. Khademolhosseini was in a rear-end accident where there was minimal damage to his vehicle. The defence argued that there would be no loss to his future earnings because … Continue reading Minimal Damage to Vehicle = Big Award!
Trial Success: Our lawyers Nathanial Hartney and Tyler Dennis recently reasons for judgment for Dale v. Vickers, 2019 BCSC 821 handed down by Madam Justice Fleming. This was a complex case involving a young legal assistant that was injured in three separate motor vehicle accidents, the first occurring May 8, 2013. Prior to speaking with a lawyer, … Continue reading Another Trial Success!
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
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?
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
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?