Surrey Pedestrian Accidents
In a recent statement released by the Surrey RCMP, the municipal road safety manager reported that pedestrians account for only 2% of the city’s traffic accidents. However, pedestrians in Surrey account for 32% of people who are killed or seriously injured in local motor vehicle collisions.
Pedestrians are extremely susceptible to injuries or fatalities as a result of a collision with a car, truck, or other vehicle operated in a negligent manner by its driver. Pedestrians are completely exposed to the dangers of the road. Drivers who refuse to operate their vehicles responsibly neglect the duty of care they owe to all other road-users, but owing to their lack of protection, pedestrians are the community members most likely to lose their lives or sustain life-changing injuries.
In the traumatic aftermath of an injury-causing pedestrian accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn for accountability, fair compensation, and justice. Unfortunately, thanks to sweeping new changes instituted by ICBC (the sole provider of basic auto insurance in the province of British Columbia), it can be even more difficult for injured pedestrian accident survivors to get the care and restitution they deserve.
That is because, in May 2021, ICBC implemented its new “enhanced care” auto insurance model. This system provides no-fault accident benefits to all injured car crash victims, but it takes away their rights to sue the driver responsible for the collision. That means, if a negligent driver struck you with their vehicle and you sustained catastrophic injuries, you could be entitled to a lump sum permanent impairment benefit, but you would not be able to pursue a civil claim to receive compensation for additional damages. On top of that, if your ICBC claim is denied or the settlement amount you receive is unfairly low, you now have fewer options for appealing the insurer’s determination.
ICBC’s new “enhanced care” model provides the exact opposite of what its name promises. Many seriously injured survivors of harrowing pedestrian accidents across the province are already feeling the negative repercussions of this unfair new system. If you are concerned about what this no-fault system means for your physical and financial recovery, contact your MLA and ask them to repeal ICBC’s “enhanced care” insurance model.
If the pedestrian accident in which you were injured happened before May 1, 2021, you might be eligible to pursue a civil claim against the negligent driver responsible for your injuries. By working with our Surrey pedestrian accident lawyers, you might be able to recover the maximum amount of damages to which you should be entitled. To learn more, contact our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Surrey today by scheduling a free initial consultation.
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Our Surrey pedestrian accident lawyers are driven by a commitment to our community. At Preszler Injury Lawyers, all prospective clients receive a free initial consultation on their case. To claim yours today and learn how our pedestrian accident lawyers serving Surrey may be able to help you recover the compensation you are rightfully owed, contact us online or call 1-800-JUSTICE.