Vernon Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
Vernon is a popular destination for both recreation and sports, known for its picturesque landscapes and natural beauty. Given the large numbers of cyclists and pedestrians out and about, accidents with vehicles are seemingly inevitable. Unfortunately, these collisions can be catastrophic, if not fatal.
The goal of our Preszler team of Vernon pedestrian accident lawyers is to protect your rights. When negligent motorists ignore traffic signals, forget to look both ways, or speed through a crosswalk and serious injury results, victims are entitled to compensation. If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, you don’t have to face the ICBC alone. Even if you are partly responsible, you may still qualify for benefits.
According to ICBC data, one in five people killed in vehicle crashes are pedestrians, and – on average — 2,250 pedestrians are injured in British Columbia every year. When you or someone you love has been harmed, it’s important to align yourself with the right personal injury law firm. Preszler Law has dedicated the last five decades to pursuing maximum compensation for negligence victims. Put our client-focused advocacy to work for you. Call today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Pedestrian accident statistics
October through January have the highest accident rates for pedestrians due to shorter daylight hours and rainy or inclement conditions. The ICBC reports that close to 70 percent of pedestrian injuries happen at intersections, and most accidents happen between 3 and 6 p.m.
Beyond bad weather and decreased visibility, driver distraction is one of the top contributing factors to pedestrian knockdowns in Vernon and throughout British Columbia. A driver who is texting, talking on the phone, or otherwise distracted has a much higher likelihood of striking a cyclist or pedestrian.
It is all too common for injury victims to accept settlements that are far less than what they truly deserve simply because they forego legal representation. Without a qualified lawyer in your corner, you could be left with financial hardships that linger for years after the accident. Our Vernon pedestrian accident lawyers will fight diligently to ensure you obtain the full benefits that you are entitled to.
Tips for pedestrian safety
The BC Motor Vehicle Act outlines the duties of both motorists and pedestrians, but the best way to protect yourself while on foot or bicycle is by observing the following safety tips:
- Be attentive always, especially at crosswalks and intersections
- Don’t use headphones and avoid distractions from your cell phone
- Avoid jaywalking and cross at designated crosswalks
- Don’t assume that drivers have seen you
- Wear reflective or bright clothing to make yourself more visible
- Take extra care at dusk and dawn
- Make eye contact with drivers whenever possible
- Wear reflectors during inclement weather
- Avoid wearing dark clothing at night
- Ensure footwear, and bicycle tires are appropriate for wet or slippery conditions
- Equip your bike with white headlights and red brake lights
Preszler Injury Lawyers serving Vernon residents
There is no obligation to speak with a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer about your rights, and Preszler Law advances all legal fees for your claim. We work on a contingency fee basis, so we don’t get paid unless a recovery is made on your behalf.
Our legal team assesses the short and long-term consequences of your injuries when assigning a value to your claim and has the resources to maximize your compensation. We’re standing by, ready to advocate for you.