If you leave the scene of any car accident that causes injuries to people, animals or results in some property damage, you may be both civilly and criminally liable for hit and run. After you are in an automobile collision, the laws of Canada and British Columbia obligate you to stop and investigate and to … Continue reading Is Leaving the Scene of an Accident the Same as Hit and Run?
By law, anyone involved in a car accident must remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives. Leaving the scene after a collision results in Failing to Stop at the Scene of an Accident, a criminal offence with potentially serious penalties. This attempt to avoid responsibility is better known as a hit and run. The … Continue reading What Happens If Someone Leaves the Scene of an Accident?
Yes, if you are involved in an automobile accident in British Columbia, and you suffer an injury, you are eligible to collect a settlement from ICBC. Most claims fall under the jurisdiction of “minor” since new definitions went into effect April 1, 2019, including a cap on “pain and suffering” damages for minor accidents. If … Continue reading Can I Get an ICBC Settlement If I Only Have Minor Injuries?
By law, unlicensed drivers are not covered by the ICBC. The ICBC requires that drivers of any insured vehicle are qualified and licenced to drive it. The owner of a vehicle must have a valid licence to drive it, and it is their responsibility to ensure that anyone driving the car is also licenced properly. … Continue reading Are Unlicensed Drivers Covered by the ICBC?
Loaning your car to a friend or neighbour may seem like the most natural thing in the world. However, new ICBC regulations mean you should think twice before doing it. ICBC and car loaning On September 19, 2019, new ICBC rules concerning the loaning of vehicles came into effect. Motorists are now asked to list … Continue reading Can I Loan My Car to a Friend?
Crashing a car is one of life’s most stressful events. Sudden, unexpected injuries, transportation issues that limit your ability to get back to work, and the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle will compound the anxiety. If your vehicle was hit through little to no fault of your own, ICBC might provide money to … Continue reading How Does the ICBC Determine if a Car is a Write-Off?
Motor vehicle accidents know no boundaries, but if you are involved in a collision outside your home province, ICBC regulations and your benefits might change. That is because each province – and country (if the accident happens in the U.S.) – has its own laws regarding auto insurance. If you were seriously injured in the … Continue reading What Happens If You Get Into an Accident in Another Province?
It is bad enough when the ICBC declares your car a total loss after a crash. It is even worse if you still owe money on the vehicle because the debt does not go away simply because the car is inoperable. While insurance should pay for the replacement value of the car, that replacement value … Continue reading What Happens If Your Car Gets Totalled and You Still Owe Money?
It might seem as if a deer lurks behind every tree. That perception is not far off, as British Columbia is home to approximately 250,000 coastal black-tailed deer, 190,000 mule deer, and 65,000 white-tailed deer. Each year, roughly four people die, and 380 people are hurt in deer and vehicle collisions. Whether or not ICBC … Continue reading What Happens If I Hit a Deer?
Yes, you are required to report accidents to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). Automobile accidents are traumatic events that can lead to anxiety, sadness, confusion, anger, and uncertainty. This mixture of emotions can affect your judgement in the days that follow. When a serious accident with injuries has occurred, you could be whisked away from … Continue reading Do You Have to Report an Accident to ICBC?
It probably comes as no surprise that most car accidents occur at intersections. In fact, according to ICBC, intersection collisions represent about 60% of all motor vehicle accidents in B.C. For that reason, ICBC and the provincial government spearheaded the installation of over 140 “red light cameras” throughout B.C. in order to promote safer driving … Continue reading Schmidt v. ICBC: Photographs Favour Insurer’s Version of Vancouver Auto Accident
A car accident can turn a victim’s life upside down in a matter of seconds. The physical and mental trauma of an accident can affect the victim’s ability to work, engage in recreational activities, and even perform the basic tasks of daily living. When such injuries are the result of third-party negligence, the victim has … Continue reading Khademolhosseini v Ji: Engineering Doctor Claims Car Accident Holding Him Back in His Career
There is a popular misconception–really, a dangerous urban myth–that motor vehicles always have the right-of-way over bicycles. Such thinking obviously stems from the fact that motorists vastly outnumber cyclists, even in bicycle-friendly places like Vancouver. Still, such thinking is wrong. B.C. law does not give drivers of cars and trucks special rights on the public … Continue reading Behragam v Paviglianiti: Bicyclist Not at Fault for Vancouver Intersection Accident
Our lawyers Almira Esmail and Tyler Dennis recently received news of another victory in the recent judgment of Khademolhosseini v. Ji, 2019 BCSC 854. On December 23, 2014 Dr. Khademolhosseini was in a rear-end accident where there was minimal damage to his vehicle. The defence argued that there would be no loss to his future earnings because … Continue reading Minimal Damage to Vehicle = Big Award!
Trial Success: Our lawyers Nathanial Hartney and Tyler Dennis recently reasons for judgment for Dale v. Vickers, 2019 BCSC 821 handed down by Madam Justice Fleming. This was a complex case involving a young legal assistant that was injured in three separate motor vehicle accidents, the first occurring May 8, 2013. Prior to speaking with a lawyer, … Continue reading Another Trial Success!