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Vernon ICBC Lawyer


If you were struck by a car or injured as a driver or passenger, you should not feel completely helpless during this difficult time of injury, anger, and pain. You can turn your frustrations into something productive by seeking out the help of an Insurance Company of British Columbia (ICBC) lawyer and filing a personal injury claim. You can be compensated for your out-of-pocket medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and lost earning capacity, lost housekeeping ability, and more. Your first step should be to contact ICBC and inform them of the collision. To find out more, contact the Vernon law offices of the Preszler to discuss your options with one of our experienced ICBC lawyers.

Determining the Cause of the Crash

While our roads have become less dangerous in the past decade, there are still over 300 motor vehicle accident deaths per year in British Columbia, according to the BC Coroners Service. A slight uptick has been detected in the past few years as well, possibly due to increased cell phone use behind the wheel. Crashes are typically caused in one or more of the following scenarios where the other driver fails to drive in a safe and prudent manner:

  • Distraction caused by cell phones, passengers, eating or drinking, looking at GPS, our daydreaming;
  • Aggressive driving;
  • Drowsy driving;
  • Speeding;
  • Driver impairment such as driving under the influence of alcohol or falling asleep;
  • Driver impairment is the leading cause of collisions, according to the Coroners Service; and,
  • Impatient driving, such as tailgating or cutting someone off to make a light.

Pedestrian, Bicyclist, and Passenger Injuries

Approximately 17% of all motor vehicle incident fatalities are those of pedestrians, despite the total time spent traveling by foot being much less than by car. Pedestrians are at great risk of injury or death even when the collision occurs at a relatively slow speed of 20 or 30 kilometers per hour. The most common reason for pedestrians to be struck is the driver not noticing them due to distraction.

Additionally, 2.9% of fatalities are those of cyclists, another group that is extremely vulnerable due to the massive size difference between a car or truck and a bike and human being. Proving fault when a pedestrian or cyclist is struck can be a little more challenging due to the high likelihood that the struck pedestrian or cyclist was not able to give a statement to the police because they were taken to the hospital, whereas the uninjured driver has time to come up with an uncontested story absolving him or herself of guilt.

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Traumatic brain injuries are common when the injured party is a pedestrian or cyclist, often obscuring the victim’s memory of what happened leading up to the collision. Passengers in collisions also have a right to seek damages from the negligent party, even if that person is a friend who was driving the car in which they were riding.

What do I do With ICBC After an Accident?

After a collision with another vehicle, getting hit by a vehicle, or if you are injured and insured by ICBC, you must contact ICBC and report the claim as soon as possible. The collision should also be reported to the police even if you and the other party do not believe that there was any property damage or injuries on either side. Sometimes damages and injuries reveal themselves days later.

After you have reported the collision to ICBC and provided the bare minimum of information, such as the other driver’s contact information, you should talk to a lawyer before following up with an ICBC claims adjuster. This is important because anything you say or don’t say to the adjuster can be used against you to lower the compensation of your claim. Even if you are a policyholder with ICBC, they do not have to act in your best interest. In fact, ICBC may even blame you for causing the collision so they do not have to pay a third-party liability claim. For these reasons and more, it is in your best interest to first talk with a lawyer before going into too much detail about your collision and injuries with an ICBC claims adjuster.

The Vernon ICBC Lawyers of Preszler Injury Lawyers are Here to Help Today

The cost of a serious traffic collision injury can be high, and you should not be responsible for paying those financial costs in addition to dealing with the injuries and trauma you have already sustained. Call the Preszler Injury Lawyers ICBC lawyers today for more information about how to receive the financial compensation that you deserve. Call us today at 1-844-373-8202.

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Schedule a call with our personal injury legal intake team. Our team is available 24/7 so call us now to book your call. Our scheduled intake allows you to tell us details about your accident and gives our legal team an opportunity to review your case and advise you on possible solutions and outcomes. The best part is, if you decide to hire us after this call - you don't pay anything unless we win. We can help clients regardless of where they reside in British Columbia so let us help you get started on your road to recovery.

 

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1075 West Georgia Street
Unit 800,
Vancouver, BC
V6E 3C9
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Suite 1100,
Kelowna, BC
V1Y 0B5
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Suite 202,
Surrey, BC
V3W 3M8
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Suite 305 South Tower,
Richmond, BC
V6X 3M1
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Suite 2600,
Burnaby, BC
V6E 3C9
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Suite 301,
Victoria, BC
V8W 0B6
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Suite 260,
Abbotsford, BC
V2T 2Y6
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