Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Abbotsford

Pedestrian accidents in Abbotsford and throughout British Columbia are both a serious and a tragic problem. Statistics published by ICBC reveal that the five-year average number of pedestrian accidents that occurs is 2,700 in BC, with 2,600 of those incidents leaving the involved pedestrian injured, and 61 of the incidents (on average) being fatal. ICBC also reports that about one in five people killed in car crashes in BC are pedestrians.

Sadly, the number of pedestrian accidents in Abbotsford does not appear to be declining. Abbotsford has made the list of the Top Seven Townships of Injury in Pedestrian Deaths (ranking as number three).

At the Preszler Law Firm, our Abbotsford pedestrian accident lawyers recognize that pedestrian accidents are not inevitable, but instead occur as a result of negligence. If you have been harmed in a pedestrian crash in Abbotsford, our lawyers want to help you. Please contact us today for a free consultation and more information about your rights.

How Pedestrian Accidents Happen

A pedestrian accident can happen in an instant, and is often the result of a driver simply not paying attention to the fact that there is a pedestrian in the roadway. ICBC explains that a whopping 76% of pedestrian accidents occur at intersections, which means that pedestrians and drivers should exercise extra caution at intersections and other pedestrian crossing areas. Top contributing factors to pedestrian accidents include driver distractions like cellphones, a driver’s failure to yield the right of way, and poor weather. It is also possible for a pedestrian to cause or contribute to a crash by failing to yield the right of way and crossing the roadway when he or she does not have the authority to do so.

Filing a Claim after a Pedestrian Accident in Abbotsford

If you were struck by a motor vehicle while acting as pedestrian in Abbotsford, you still maintain the right to file an ICBC claim, even though you were not operating a vehicle at the time of your collision. In fact, you can recover compensation through your accident benefits coverage, even if you were at fault for the incident. If you are injured and you were not at-fault for the accident, then you may also be able to claim settlement payments for things like:

  • Medical treatment (beyond the limits of no-fault coverage);
  • Lost wages (beyond the limits of no-fault coverage);
  • Housekeeping expenses; and,
  • Non-economic losses like pain and suffering.

Proving Fault

In order to recover compensation for non-economic benefits after a pedestrian accident in Abbotsford, an injured pedestrian must prove the fault and negligence of the responsible driver. This can be difficult to do, and can require submitting a variety of evidence types, including:

  • Police reports;
  • Witness statements;
  • Expert testimony;
  • Accident reconstruction data;
  • Video and photographic evidence; and

If fault cannot be determined or you are found to be partially at fault for your accident, you may be denied compensation to which you believe you are rightfully entitled. For pedestrians who have suffered serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, bone fracture injuries, internal injuries, etc., being denied compensation can be an emotionally excruciating experience. Indeed, you deserve to be compensated for the full extent of your losses.

What Steps to Take after Being Involved in a Pedestrian Crash

Being involved in a crash can be overwhelming, and dealing with medical bills, insurance claims, and recovery can be an engulfing physical and emotional experience. Knowing what steps to take can help you to make sense of the chaos. Our lawyers recommend:

  • Getting medical care immediately: Do not hesitate to get the care you need and start the recovery process. Be sure to document all care received.
  • Filing your injury claim: It is smart to file a claim with ICBC as soon as possible to begin the process and give ICBC time to investigate your claim.
  • Hiring an Abbotsford pedestrian accident lawyer: Before you accept a settlement from ICBC (or any other insurance provider), make sure the settlement is reviewed by a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer.

Call Our Legal Team Today

There are few accidents that are as tragic as pedestrian crashes. Whether you have been involved in a pedestrian crash yourself, or have lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian incident, our lawyers at the Preszler Law Firm want to help you. We will gladly sit down with you to discuss your case for free, and work on a contingency fee basis so you never have to worry about upfront costs. Please send us a message to request your appointment, or call us today.