What to Do When Involved in a Pedestrian vs. Car Accident
Personal injury cases are complicated. No two people will handle the situation the same. As a pedestrian, getting hit by a car can have life-altering, traumatizing effects, both mental and physical, that last for years.
Many victims of personal injury due to a car accident suffer so much stress and anxiety that they undergo counselling for their pain and suffering.
Even with all the information in the world at your fingertips, finding the answers is not always as simple as following a checklist. Finding help means finding a good network of support. Having a team of compassionate, caring people willing to fight for you and help you when you need them most is the first and hardest step in recovery.
We truly believe in caring for the people we serve, which is why we are providing a convenient source of free information here. We want you to know that even if you feel powerless, you are not!
We are going to be in your corner when the insurance company doesn't want to pay, when you suffer lost wages for missing work or when the system seems unjust. It’s important that you know the “dos and don’ts” provided here and that you are not alone in your fight.
The Dos and Don’ts If You Were In a Car Accident
- DO locate witnesses of the accident immediately.
- DO post signs at the intersection/location of the accident asking people to contact you should they have further information about your incident or were an eyewitness to the accident.
- DO contact your lawyer immediately, prior to speaking with ICBC.
- DO understand that anything you say to ICBC may be used against you.
- DO understand that ICBC may claim that pedestrians and cyclists are partially, if not wholly at fault.
- DO understand that pedestrians and cyclists are vulnerable on the road. Even if the law states that you were at fault due to jaywalking or riding on the wrong side of the road, your case could win in a court of law.
- DON’T accept the initial liability assessment provided by ICBC. It may not be in your favour and may not serve you well in the future.
- DON’T assume that just because you are a pedestrian or a cyclist that the law is on your side. There are special provisions in dealing with the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians and cyclists.
- DON’T assume that ICBC has your best interests in mind.
If you would like to learn more about what to do after an accident, call Kenneth Cristall today! We proudly serve clients from Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam, Richmond and Langley.
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