Surrey Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Although cars and trucks have never been safer, B.C. pedestrians crossing the street are more at-risk that ever of sustaining serious injury or death in an accident. Based on official reports to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), the number of pedestrian accidents in the province have increased by roughly 30% over a five-year period. While the total number of pedestrian casualties is significantly lower than the number of people injured or killed annually in pure motor vehicle accidents, that does not matter when you are the one who has been hurt.

The Surrey pedestrian accident lawyers at the Preszler Law Firm can help you recover insurance benefits and damages from a negligent motorist. We understand that seriously injured pedestrians face an uphill struggle–not just with their personal recovery but also in dealing with the insurance system and the courts. In our car-driven society, pedestrians are often treated as second-class citizens. Many reckless drivers (and their insurance adjusters) are quick to try and shift blame to the pedestrian. Our lawyers will make sure you are treated fairly.

Never Let the Negligent Driver Blame You

Pedestrian accidents in Surrey typically occur at intersections. Even when pedestrians legally have the right of way, too many motorists are quick to enter an intersection without stopping to look out for people who are simply trying to cross the street. The legal burden remains with the driver to safely operate their own motor vehicle.

Despite this, we often come across cases in which a negligent driver will claim the pedestrian “came out of nowhere,” forcing the driver to act without having time to think. This is why it is critical for you, as the pedestrian, to work with an experienced accident lawyer. At Preszler Law Firm we know how to deal with accidents involving disputed liability. We will take the time to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, including reconstructing the scene and working with your healthcare providers to fully document your injuries.

Always Seek Medical Attention Following an Accident

With respect to health care, it is always crucial to seek appropriate medical treatment following any kind of accident. Too many people think they are being brave if they say they “walked away without a scratch.” But that is rarely the case when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle. Even if there are no broken bones or external bleeding, there is a good chance that you suffered a concussion or similar traumatic brain injury if your head hit the pavement after being hit.

Despite this, we often come across cases in which a negligent driver will claim the pedestrian “came out of nowhere,” forcing the driver to act without having time to think. This is why it is critical for you, as the pedestrian, to work with an experienced accident lawyer. At Preszler Law Firm we know how to deal with accidents involving disputed liability. We will take the time to fully investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident, including reconstructing the scene and working with your healthcare providers to fully document your injuries.

You May be Entitled to ICBC Benefits

Unfortunately, there are cases where a negligent driver hita a pedestrian only to speed away before the police or emergency medical personnel can arrive at the scene. If you have insurance through ICBC, your injuries may still be covered under your Uninsured Motorist Protection (UMP). This is coverage that applies to any situation–whether you are in a car or crossing the street as a pedestrian–in which you are injured by a driver who is never identified or lacks adequate insurance to pay for your damages.

Of course, even if you have UMP coverage, ICBC may still place obstacles in your path to receiving benefits. It is important to notify ICBC as soon as possible following a hit and run accident. But you should not sign any formal written statement regarding the accident before consulting with a Surrey pedestrian accident lawyer. Remember, ICBC adjusters are there to protect the corporation’s financial interests, not yours. You should never be pressured into accepting any kind of settlement without the assistance of qualified legal counsel.

Unlike many other lawyers, the Preszler Law Firm only represents accident victims. We also work exclusively on a contingency basis. That means we will never ask you to pay any upfront fees or costs. We do not get paid until you do. If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, call our Surrey consultation office at (778) 807-0225 to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers today.