Chilliwack Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Pedestrian-vehicle collisions are surprisingly commonplace in British Columbia. Almost 1 in 5 Canadians killed in car accidents are pedestrians. On average, 2,300 are harmed by automobiles each year. Most collisions occur in busy intersections during inclement weather in the fall and winter months. In fact, a pedestrian’s risk of being struck by a vehicle doubles from October through January. The Preszler team of Chilliwack pedestrian accident lawyers understands what you’ve been through and want to help.
What causes pedestrian accidents?
Your claim to compensation is only as strong as proof of liability. The first steps our personal injury law firm will take is to investigate, collect and preserve evidence and establish the wrongdoing of the other motorist. While you can collect money from ICBC even if the accident is determined to be your fault, plaintiffs tend to collect higher dollar amounts if they are deemed innocent victims.
Transport Canada’s National Collision Database identified driver factors in vehicle-pedestrian crashes:
- Failure to yield the right-of-way (28%)
- Distraction and inattention (20%)
- Other driver action (5%)
- Improper turning (4%)
- Disobeying traffic control device or officer (3%)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (2.5%)
- Other driver condition (2%)
- Driving too fast for conditions (2%)
- Backing unsafely (2%)
One in three pedestrian fatalities occurred because the driver committed at least one driving infraction before the crash, according to analysis of fatal vehicle-pedestrian accidents in Canada from 2004 to 2006. Top factors for fatal accidents included failure to yield right-of-way (11%), drunk driving (9%), and speeding (7%).
What can a personal injury lawyer do for you?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer from our firm gives you an advocate to fight for maximum compensation, including:
- Economic Damages – Past and future medical expenses
- Economic Damages – Past and future lost wages
- Economic Damages for Survivors – Funeral/burial costs
- Non-economic Damages – Past and future pain and suffering
- Non-economic Damages for Spouses – Loss of household services, consortium, companionship
Our full-service pedestrian accident law firm provides you with access to accident reconstructionists, private investigators, independent insurance adjusters, economists, medical professionals, and expert witnesses who can lend credibility to your case.
Get a free consultation
If you or a loved one have suffered the devastating effects of a vehicle-pedestrian collision, contact us for a free and confidential consultation. You are under no obligation to hire us, but if you do, there is no retainer fee or upfront expense. Your pedestrian accident lawyer will only get paid for our advocacy when we win money through settlement or jury verdict on your behalf. Our Abbotsford office is just 29 minutes from your home in Chilliwack.