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
Although dogs are often referred to as “man’s best friend”, unfortunately this is not always the case. Some dogs by their nature have the great capability to cause serious injuries, both to people and other animals. If you are the unfortunate victim of such an incident, it is important to take the proper steps to … Continue reading I’ve Been Bitten by a Dog in British Columbia: What do I do?
For residents of British Columbia, crossing the border into the United States can be a regular, if not daily occurrence. Whether for travel to Washington, commuting for work, going on a day trip, or conducting other business, the reasons for doing so are wide and surprisingly common. Many BC residents are even employed in the … Continue reading Navigating the Legal Implications of British Columbia Cross-Border Accidents
Persons injured in accidents often suffer different types of damages that can depend on their occupation, whether they are employed outside the home and whether they are the person in charge of performing household tasks at their home. In many cases, it is not only a person’s loss of earning capacity that drives the value … Continue reading Is Loss of Housekeeping Capacity Something that Injured Parties Can Be Compensated for in British Columbia?
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
There are over 2,000 pedestrian accidents in British Columbia each year. The pedestrian obviously feels the brunt of a collision, as he or she lacks any protection from the road or other elements. Even when the motor vehicle driver is clearly at fault for the accident, there may still be a dispute as to the … Continue reading Proving a Traumatic Brain Injury in a Pedestrian Accident Case
One of the risks in filing an ICBC claim is that the corporation may initially pay for damages to your vehicle following a car accident, only to turn around and demand repayment. This can happen when an ICBC adjuster decides your damages were unrelated to the accident in question, you exaggerated or falsified your claim, … Continue reading How is ICBC Repayment Handled?
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
A hit-and-run car accident poses unique legal challenges for the injured parties. After all, who do you sue if you never saw the driver who hit you? Fortunately, B.C. law provides an answer in most cases–namely, that ICBC is responsible for any hit-and-run arising from the “use or operation of a vehicle on a highway … Continue reading When is a Highway Not a Highway?
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?
Although pedestrian accidents are by definition a mismatch–a 1,500-kilogram car versus a human being–that does not mean the motorist is automatically liable for any injuries sustained by the pedestrian. As with any personal injury claim, a court must consider the relative fault of all parties involved. A judge may, in fact, decide that the pedestrian … Continue reading Is the Motorist Always Responsible for Pedestrian Accidents in B.C.?
Personal injury cases in B.C. usually involve accidents, such as a motor vehicle collision caused by someone driving recklessly or unsafely. There are also plenty of cases in which one party intentionally injures the other. Let us say a fight breaks out and one person seriously injures the other. The aggressor may be held liable … Continue reading B.C. Judge Awards Damages to Man Injured in Burnaby Starbucks Fight
Truck accidents are not always the result of driver negligence. In many cases, the vehicle itself may have some sort of defect that causes a driver to lose control. Sometimes these defects are the result of shoddy maintenance by the truck’s owner. But the problem may also go all the way back to when the … Continue reading B.C. Court of Appeal Upholds $4.8 Million Volvo Personal Injury Award