Many of us rely on our bicycles for transportation to and from work, or enjoy them as an important means of recreation. If you’ve been struck by a motorist while you were on your bicycle, it may be possible for a personal injury lawyer in Langley, BC and the surrounding areas to help you recover damages for your injuries or emotional distress, even if you were partly at fault. Given the many sidewalks, crosswalks and other designated travel paths for bicycles throughout Vancouver and other areas, the chances of bicycle accidents occurring are high. Because your body is exposed on a bicycle, the potential for serious bodily injuries in the event of being struck by a vehicle is significant. However, with the help of a bicycle accident lawyer in Vancouver, Langley or the surrounding areas, you have a good chance of receiving fair compensation for your injuries.
Consequences of Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents are often severe and sometimes fatal for the bike rider because there is little structural protection from the metal frame of a bike. Even with a helmet and protective clothing, consequences can be catastrophic and lead to injuries such as:
Treating such injuries is often expensive and time consuming. You may not be able to work the way you used to after a bike accident, which is why it’s important to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. A bike accident lawyer in Vancouver and area will look at the big picture and work to seek sufficient compensation that will help you meet your short and long term needs.
Determining Fault for Bike Accidents
A bike accident lawyer in Vancouver and the surrounding areas will help you make a claim to the insurance companies or make your case to the courts to help you get the compensation you deserve. In this process, who is at fault for the accident will be determined. The fault of the accident may lie with the motor vehicle, be jointly shared or lie with the authorities responsible for maintaining roads and bike lanes. Other times, there is no clearly marked division between the parties involved and who is at fault. In these cases, the court can award compensation based on the percentage of fault for each person involved.
How a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Vancouver & the Lower Mainland can Help
During the initial consultation following the accident and prior to contacting ICBC, a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland from Kenneth Cristall Law Corporation will sit down with you to gather all the relevant facts of the accident as well as a full report of the injuries you’ve sustained. In doing so, we are able to help you submit a substantial claim that will offer you the best chance at receiving the compensation you deserve. Additionally, we are happy to serve as a resource for any questions or inquiries you may have.
We encourage you to contact the team at Kenneth Cristall Law Corporation right away if you’ve been in a bicycle accident so that we may promptly assess the matter and begin retrieving the evidence necessary to assemble your insurance case.
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