In the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident with a parked car, or where someone has hit you in your parked car, it is important to understand how to react, what to do, and what not to do.
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There are over 250,000 car crashes every year in BC, over half of which occurred in the lower mainland, according to data from ICBC. Given these numbers, there’s a good chance you have or will be a witness to a car accident at some point.
A car accident can cause a significant disruption in your life. Arranging for repairs to your vehicle and finding alternative means of transportation are inconveniences, but there are many ways in which the physical and psychological effects of an automobile accident can impact your life.
According to ICBC statistics British Columbia drivers were involved in approximately 300,000 automobile accidents during 2015, including crashes that occurred in parking lots or involved parked cars. Of these accidents, 57,000 automobile accident related injuries were reported.
Police respond to thousands of incidents daily. On any given day, nearly 3,400 calls are made to E-Comm, which dispatches the 33 police department after an accident in 24 BC cities, towns and districts.
It is something none of us want to imagine - our children being injured in a car accident. Nonetheless, in the unfortunate event that you are involved in a serious accident with your small child or infant in the vehicle, you will want to know how to minimize your child’s injuries and how to seek compensation for medical and other related expenses.
An accident injury can affect many areas in your life. Pain, recovery time, and the inability to exercise are probably among your first thoughts. The toll an injury can take on your working life is one few people consider until they actually experience it.
If you have been injured as a passenger in a car accident, you may want to seek compensation for your losses. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may obtain compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, and any other expenses incurred directly as a result of the accident.
A pedestrian accident can occur when you least expect it and cause great trauma for both the pedestrian and the driver who witnessed the accident. When a pedestrian accident occurs, responsibility for the accident will lie with at least one party if not both.
Leaving the scene of a collision is a criminal offence. Nonetheless, drivers sometimes flee the scene of an accident in a panic at the thought of having to pay for the damages, and in some cases, out of fear that they will be caught driving drunk, driving without insurance, or driving without a valid licence.
If you have been injured in an accident, whether a car accident, or a slip and fall on someone’s property, you may have concerns or questions about what role your medical records will play in the litigation
If you have been injured in an accident and are seeking to make a claim against an at-fault third party, it is good to understand when you must bring a claim. It’s also important to know why it is generally best to get moving sooner rather than later.
Vancouver has a five year average of 8,600 collisions occurring at major intersections resulting in approximately 5,000 injuries per year. In 2013, the top most dangerous Vancouver intersections were reported as follows:
If you have had an ICBC accident in Vancouver or elsewhere in British Columbia, you may be wondering how significant the injury needs to be to get a financial payment. You may be thinking that only the most severe injuries receive financial compensation, but even smaller injuries are awarded damages as well.
Determining fault is critical when you have an Insurance Corporation British Columbia (ICBC) claim in Burnaby, Surrey, Langley and throughout the Lower Mainland. The reason is that the amount of compensation you can obtain in a personal injury case depends significantly on who was at fault. It also matters as to how much loss you incurred from the accident, especially your injury severity, your ability to function in your regular routine and the impact of the collision on your earning ability and capacity.
When a family member gets injured from an accident, there are many ways you can assist in a meaningful way. You can help your loved one feel comfortable and secure during recovery, make sure daily responsibilities are addressed, and protect your loved one’s legal interests. Much will depend on the individual’s unique circumstances and you must also be aware of when professional help is necessary.
Winter weather is often challenging for drivers, leading to more accident risks. Darker days coupled with cold temperatures can create slippery roads, meaning extra demands on both vehicles and on drivers’ skills to avoid a collision. Common accidents include rear-end collisions, sliding in intersections and accidents caused by poor visibility. The change in seasons from fall to winter should alert drivers to proceed more cautiously on the road.
Every year pedestrian accidents in BC result in death or severe injuries to the victims. Although many pedestrians survive, they are often left with long-term disabilities such as permanent damage to the head, spine, and organs. Some of the highest risk factors for pedestrian injuries are driver speed, distracted and impaired driving, lack of driver awareness, pedestrian behavior and less safe roadways. In order to reduce the number of accidents caused to pedestrians, several safety measures can be taken.
A personal injury lawsuit is the way to obtain compensation for your losses (known as damages) stemming from a personal injury accident. There are several possible stages to a lawsuit, which are outlined below. The potential to settle the case exists at each step and even between the steps, so you may not experience each step in your case. The vast majority of cases settle at one of the intermediary steps, often long before trial.
There are many different reasons to contact a lawyer, with personal injury being a field of specialty. Personal injury law deals with the intentional or unintentional wrongdoing that affects individuals physically or psychologically.
Financial considerations are always at the forefront when you have many expenses for your child already. Given how quickly young children grow and how much or how little time they spend in a car seat, you may be wondering if it’s worth buying a new car seat or reusing one again.
Places for Motorcyclists To Avoid in Traffic
There is nothing like being out on the road, taking in the sights as you feel the power of your motorcycle accelerate. Riding out in the natural elements can be an exhilarating thrill in good weather conditions but a motorbike can also be dangerous. Mitigating risk is part of being a motorcyclist.
Many BC residents are health conscious citizens that embrace cycling. BC continually ranks as the healthiest province in Canada, according to reports by the Conference Board of Canada. Cycling is fun recreation with considerable health benefits and, for some, it is a means of daily commuting. BC has a network of over 300 lane kilometres of bike infrastructure in Vancouver alone. Outside of Vancouver, there are many bike paths as well and some cyclists try out exceptional mountain bike trails through Revelstoke, Whistler, Squamish and Vancouver Island.
Car accidents happen every day in British Columbia and the damage can range in scope from minor to severe. Accidents involving property damage less than $1,000 can be reported at the local police collision centre and, for any further damage, including injuries, the police should be called to the scene.
Accidents can happen anywhere and everywhere, but when an accident results from someone else’s fault, you may wonder if you can sue for your damages. In order to win a slip and fall case, you will need to prove that someone else’s negligence caused your injuries; the burden of proof is yours. You will need to establish that injury occurred, who is potentially liable, and whether that party’s negligence caused or failed to prevent the slip and fall accident from occurring.
Every driver can expect to have at least one car accident in his or her lifetime. Typically an accident comes unexpectedly, though there is a higher likelihood of an accident when your stress level is high. When you have an accident, there are many things that may be going through your mind, such as how the accident might impact you in the future. A key aspect of your accident is the determination of fault, which affects your ability to sue for personal injury damages and car insurance premiums.
If you are injured from an automobile accident, you may qualify for Part 7 Accident Benefits from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) provided you are an insured BC resident and follow the appropriate steps. After having the accident, you will need to notify the police and ICBC of the automobile accident as soon as possible. ICBC will investigate the accident to determine what accident benefits are payable and to determine fault.
Motorcycles are fun and affordable modes of transportation and sport. They generate a feeling of freedom and allow you to tour beautiful sites. Sometimes motorcycles are a young adult’s first opportunity to be significantly mobile. Calculated risks can be mitigated with a safety course, leathers and motorcycle helmet. There are still nevertheless many serious motorcycle injuries and deaths every year from accidents in Vancouver and the surrounding area.
Dealing with Insurance Adjusters
There are many auto insurance claims at ICBC annually. The number of crashes reported to ICBC is 260,000 per year, based on a 5 year average. The insurance adjuster is your ICBC point of contact to help you with injuries and health problems as a result of an automobile accident, including the inability to work. An outline of the adjuster’s roles and responsibilities and what he or she is not responsible for may help you to gauge how you wish to handle your insurance claim.
Car accidents are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries in Canada, requiring the need for rehabilitation. A traumatic brain injury occurs where an external force hits the skull against the brain. It can cause physical, cognitive, behavioural and social impairment and reduce the likelihood that a victim will ever work again or work in the same job.
If you have had a personal injury accident, you may have limitations in your ability to work outside the home. You may find it too taxing to leave the home for the entire day, on top of commuting. You may also find it difficult to manage your work load when you need to leave to attend medical appointments. The stress of working while injured can make at-home work appear more attractive. Your home is a place of convalescing, so the option to work from the comfort of your own home can be very appealing.
A slip and fall accident can happen to anyone and, if you are injured as result, it may be possible to get financial compensation for the damages you have suffered. Because of occupier’s liability, you may be able to get damages payment from the insurance of a business or homeowner. The liability section of a property insurance policy protects against lawsuits for property claims such as slip and fall accidents.
Ever since your car accident you haven’t felt like yourself. You can’t sleep at night. You toss and turn replaying the incident over and over in your head. When you do sleep, you wake-up having nightmares. Are you experiencing anxiety, stress and depression after a car accident in Vancouver? Personal injury is not limited to physical injury. Find out if you are a suffering emotional distress and, if so, how you can prove your case in court with the help of a personal injury lawyer.
Winter is a wonderful time of year–except when it comes to driving. Wet weather and cold temperatures create icy roads and dangerous driving conditions. Driving is likely the most dangerous thing you do during the winter. Read the following tips on how to keep you and your family safe this year as the rain and cold weather comes.
Sometimes accidents have severe consequences. You may have to purchase a specially equipped new car, or you may sustain serious injuries that keep you in the hospital. But sometimes accident victims face even more severe consequences like amputation.
The motorcycle is an icon of coolness. The wind in your face, the power of the engine, the maneuverability – it all generates a feeling of freedom. Vancouver’s nearby rugged coastline and mountainous areas makes it a beautiful place to ride a motorcycle. However, riding a motorcycle is not without serious risk.
Personal Injury accidents affect victims in a lot of ways, but most of all their physical and financial well-being. But victims of personal injury are not the only ones affected. Caregivers for accident victims are often made up of spouses, close friends, children and other family members.
Whiplash results from hyperextension of the ligaments and muscles in your neck, shoulders, and upper back. This usually occurs from a sudden, forceful movement of your head or body. It is most commonly associated with people who have been in a car accident—although there are many other ways it can happen. The physical symptoms of whiplash can be extremely debilitating and potentially long-term if not properly treated.
If you’ve ever been in an accident, you know things are confusing and hectic. However, despite the pain and shock, if your injury is not too severe, you should slow down and gather information for your claim. The more information you have, the better your case will be.
Have you been injured? Are you feeling frustrated over the legal process? You are not alone. Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals are involved in a personal injury lawsuit in Canada. If you’ve been wrongfully injured, your medical records will be a key element in getting you the compensation you deserve.
It’s no secret that adjusting to life after an accident or injury can be hard. Both short-term and long-term disabilities require a recovery process that tends to be a huge adjustment—physically, emotionally, financially and socially.
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.