If you were injured in a car accident, you could receive a settlement from the ICBC. However, the amount of your settlement depends on various factors, including your degree of responsibility for the crash. Another critical factor is whether you have legal representation— at Preszler Law, we know the many types of damages recoverable. Most … Continue reading Can I Get a Settlement for a Car Accident?
Much of the focus after a car accident is on the driver’s bodily injuries– and for good reason. These wrecks create life-altering repercussions. In addition, the potential severity of property damage in a claim is also significant. The technology surrounding the ability of a motor vehicle to absorb impact has improved greatly over the years. While … Continue reading How Long Does It Take to Fix a Car After an Accident
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?
Yes, the ICBC can request your medical records after an automobile accident. However, they often seek more information than what is absolutely necessary in order to minimize or deny your claim. The insurance company is a business, looking out for its bottom line, which could be at odds with paying you a fair settlement. For … Continue reading Can the ICBC Request Medical Records?
For many youths, earning a licence to drive is a rite of passage. For parents, supporting a child’s foray into greater independence is an exciting time, but it can also be fraught with anxiety. Fortunately, British Columbia uses a graduated licensing system designed to minimize risks and provide new drivers with the training they need … Continue reading How Do You Get a Licence as a Teenager in British Columbia?
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?
It is no secret that car accidents are traumatic. Broken bones, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries are only some of the consequences. In many cases, these are immediately obvious. After all, it is hard to miss a severe burn or a broken bone. However, others take time to manifest. Conditions involving soft tissue, or the … Continue reading Should I See a Doctor After a Car Accident?
Following a car accident, it is likely that ICBC will quickly get in touch with you. In many cases, they will ask you to give a brief recorded statement about how what happened. Even though they might not tell you a statement is mandatory, it is often implied. Do you have to give a statement … Continue reading Should I Give the ICBC A Recorded Statement?
Knowing how to file a claim with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is important in claiming financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, homemaking services, and property loss. If the accident wasn’t your fault, you might be entitled to further compensation for medical and rehabilitative expenses from the other motorist’s third-party liability coverage. … Continue reading How Do You File an ICBC Claim?
Yes – It Is Always In Your Best Interest to Get a Lawyer for ICBC Claims While it is possible to obtain a fair settlement from ICBC, the first offer is not necessarily unbiased or as much as you deserve. It is in the best interest of the insurer and the taxpayer to pay you … Continue reading Do You Need a Lawyer if the ICBC Offers You a Settlement?
Vancouver, Victoria, North Vancouver and White Rock are rated the most “walkable” cities in British Columbia for good reason. But when drivers fail to yield or breeze through a crosswalk with careless inattention, it is pedestrians and cyclists who suffer the most. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) reports that some 50 pedestrians are … Continue reading Do I Need a Lawyer if I Was Involved in a Pedestrian Accident?
There is no question that many car accidents result in extreme emotional distress and trauma. However, changes in ICBC regulations as of April 1, 2019, now consider any type of mental health issue due to a motor vehicle accident a “minor injury.” That means any claim of emotional distress or psychological problems stemming from an … Continue reading Can I Claim Emotional Distress After a Car Accident?
A serious accident throws any victim’s life into upheaval and affects them financially. However, it can sometimes be even more of a burden for the self-employed. You can claim lost wages from the ICBC if injured in a motor vehicle accident, but the process is more complicated for those running their own business than for … Continue reading Can I Claim Lost Wages From the ICBC If I’m Self-Employed?
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?
Following a motor vehicle accident, you want to seek medical attention immediately, whether that’s through your primary care physician or the nearest emergency room. However, when it comes to collecting compensation for your injuries through ICBC, you will be required to see a doctor of their choice. Defence Medical Examinations are warranted when you apply … Continue reading Do I Have to See the Doctor the ICBC Chooses?
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?
The Insurance Company of British Columbia, or ICBC, is the crown-operated corporation that insures all registered vehicles. It can cover claims from a fender bender to a serious, life-changing injury. While these claims can result in monetary compensation for your injuries, there is no guarantee that they will succeed. This especially true if you try … Continue reading How Long Do You Have to Make an ICBC Claim?
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
Anytime there is an auto accident in B.C., you can rest assured that ICBC will be involved. ICBC adjusters are generally responsible for making the initial determination of which driver, if any, was liable for the accident. Even when, as is often the case, all of the drivers involved are insured by ICBC, the adjuster … Continue reading Won v. ICBC: Small Claims Tribunal Rejects Claim “Other Driver” Responsible for Intersection Collision*
ICBC is often in the position of deciding who was responsible for causing a multi-car accident. But just because ICBC’s adjusters think they know what happened, that does not mean they have the last word. If you find yourself on the wrong end of an ICBC liability determination, you have the right to take the … Continue reading Harper v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia: ICBC Faults Incorrect Driver for Auto Accident
Preszler Law Trial Lawyer Nathaniel J. Hartney recently won a difficult wrongful death jury trial against ICBC. Nathaniel represented the widow of a man who was killed while riding his motorcycle on the sea to sky highway after a logging truck overturned and spilled its load of logs into oncoming traffic, striking and killing his … Continue reading Preszler Law Wins Jury Trial against ICBC