It is important to see a physician to document your injuries and obtain medical treatment as soon as possible. It is also important to contact a lawyer to help you submit your claim to ICBC and ensure you receive a fair amount based on your unique circumstances and the facts surrounding your case.
Navigating the legal process on your own is complex and can be stressful. Involving an ICBC claims assistance lawyer from the beginning will ensure all deadlines are met and that you fully understand the claims process from start to finish. A Spraggs Law lawyer in the Tri-Cities can evaluate your situation and work on your behalf to obtain fair and reasonable compensation for your injuries. For information on the amount of compensation you could obtain, try our Injury Calculator.
Pedestrians are entitled to ICBC accident benefits. Even though they were not riding in a vehicle, most pedestrians injured in an accident in British Columbia are entitled to treatment benefits through ICBC. Theses “Part 7” benefits include:
Spraggs Law has assisted thousands of accident victims in obtaining these types of benefits from ICBC.
A pedestrian is typically impacted twice in an accident— first by the car and then once they contact the ground. Fatal injuries can result during this type of accident depending on the speed of the vehicle and the force of impact. Often, it is the impact of the head against the hood or windshield of the vehicle that can cause a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, or death.
There are many different situations where a pedestrian may be struck by a vehicle. When a driver is responsible, the most common causes of these accidents are:
Sometimes pedestrians may be partially at fault for the accident by:
Where a pedestrian is found to have contributed to the accident, a personal injury settlement may still be awarded. The compensation awarded will be reduced proportionately for any fault of the pedestrian. Where a pedestrian is partially at fault, an experienced personal injury lawyer can work to ensure the pedestrian’s compensation is not reduced unfairly.
If you reside in British Columbia and have been injured from a motor vehicle accident, you are most likely eligible to claim ICBC Accident Benefits (Part 7 Benefits). You are entitled to have your income loss and medical and rehabilitation costs covered up to a maximum of $300,000, regardless of who is at fault for the accident.
You may also obtain compensation from a personal injury lawsuit for your injuries caused by the driver’s negligence, even if you had some liability for the accident. This compensation can include payment for out-of-pocket expenses, compensation for lost wages and future earnings, compensation for lost opportunities, the cost of future care, and payment for pain and suffering. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation consultation.