Despite all the bike lanes and idyllic places to visit, the Vancouver Metro (including Delta) ranks as one of the “worst places in the world for bike-related accidents.” There are approximately 1,456 accidents per 100,000 cyclists in our backyard. The only other Canadian city comparable to our number of injuries and fatalities is Montreal. We may pale in comparison to Boston’s 3,459 bike accidents for every 100,000 cyclists, but it is hardly anything to brag about. As a city, we can and must do better to stop these preventable accidents from occurring.
Preszler Law Advocates for Your Rights & Helps You Seek Justice
The Delta bicycle accident lawyers at Preszler Law understand the gravity of the situation when cars and bicycles collide. We are at the forefront of the movement to hold motorists accountable for their actions – whether it’s speeding, tailgating, failing to yield right-of-way, failing to signal, running a red light, rolling through a stop sign, or opening a door into a bike lane without looking first.
Even if you were distracted while biking, illegally riding on a sidewalk, or otherwise partially at fault for what happened, you might still be eligible to collect compensation from the driver for your medical bills. The total amount recoverable will be reduced by the amount of fault ascribed to you. So, for instance, if you are to receive $350,000, but you are deemed 25% “at-fault,” you will only be able to collect $262,500 of the total.
Who Will Pay for Your Medical Bills?
Many cyclists do not realize this, but it is customary to file a claim with ICBC when a collision involves a motorist. Even if you do not own a motor vehicle or insurance, the fact that an insured driver was involved makes it an ICBC case. Within two years of the accident, you can file for Part 7 “No-Fault” insurance benefits.
ICBC must pay for all reasonable expenses incurred, including medical, surgical, dental, chiropractic, and hospital treatments. They will typically cover the cost of your ambulance ride, occupational/speech/physical therapies, home nursing services, prosthesis, or orthosis. If you are completely unable to work as a result of your injuries, ICBC will cover Temporary Total Disability benefits up to $740/week. If you are so injured you cannot maintain your household, ICBC will pay up to $280/week for homemaking assistance. These totals increased in 2019 for the first time in 25 years. They also pay up to $37,500 in funeral expenses and survivors’ benefits in the event of a fatal crash.
While this may sound like a simple and straightforward process, it is not. It could be an easy case if you were hurt, took a few weeks to recover, and you’re better now. However, often with more serious injuries and long-term disabilities, a personal injury law firm is essential in advocating for maximum benefits.
Where To Find Help
Preszler Law’s Surrey office is likely the closest to you – three or four minutes by bus, or 12 minutes by car on BC-99 S. However, depending on which part of Delta you live or work in, you may also find it convenient to visit our offices in nearby Richmond or Burnaby as well. The important part is that a bicycle accident lawyer is here for you when you need one, whether it’s in our office, in your hospital room, or the comfort of your own home. We want to alleviate the stress and worry of wondering how you’ll pay for your escalating bills.
We can help you cope with the sense of injustice and anger you feel about what has happened to you, through little to no fault of your own. Contact our Delta bicycle accident lawyers for a free consultation to explore your legal options.