The collision of two motor vehicles can cause severe injuries to occupants, but seat belts, airbags, and other safety devices often prevent the worst types of injuries from occurring. Unfortunately, no safety devices exist for pedestrians struck by cars, and injuries are often life-threatening or disabling. A simple walk or jog can turn into a life-altering event. Many people do not realize that pedestrians injured by a car are entitled to the same ICBC benefits as motorists.
A compassionate Penticton personal injury lawyer at Preszler Injury Lawyers can be an important ally in the pursuit of fair and full compensation for your injuries. We can help you through the process of filing an accident benefits claim.
Pedestrian accident injuries
Because of the sheer size of a car and the vulnerability of a pedestrian, collisions between the two may result in terrible injuries or death. The most common pedestrian accident injuries include:
Many of these injuries are catastrophic, meaning the person will never recover fully and suffers permanent impairment. If the person dies from these injuries, family members may have the right to pursue a wrongful death claim.
While the statute of limitations in British Columbia for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the injury date, it is critical not to wait too long to seek legal counsel. As time goes on, evidence may get lost, and witnesses may move. If the accident occurred in an area with surveillance cameras, the record of the accident may disappear within a short time period. Municipalities quickly pick up road debris and remove other evidence that could point to an accident’s cause. The sooner a pedestrian accident victim consults a lawyer, the sooner an investigation into the collision can start.
The accident victim’s legal representatives investigate every aspect of the case, including examining police and medical reports, photographing the accident scene, interviewing witnesses, and reconstructing the accident.
Many times, a pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle is too badly hurt to collect evidence at the scene, but if possible, he or she should use their cellphone to take photos or video of the site. Along with getting the insurance and contact information for the driver, also collect contact information for any witnesses. If it is not possible for the victim to take these steps, they should ask a friend or relative to do so.
ICBC settlement offer
An ICBC adjuster may offer a settlement to the accident victim. However, do not accept this offer, even if it seems reasonable, before obtaining legal advice. Once a settlement is agreed upon, victims waive their rights. A pedestrian accident lawyer can maximize your claim.
Contact Penticton pedestrian accident lawyers
If you or a loved one were struck and injured by a motor vehicle, contact our pedestrian accident law firm today. Call or text us 24/7 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. For more than 50 years, we have been dedicated to representing victims of negligence. There is never a fee unless we win.