An increasing number of people in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia use their bicycles today to commute and get exercise. However, even though cyclists are becoming a common sight on our roads, vehicle drivers are not getting any better at sharing the road with them or respecting their rights. Serious and deadly bicycle accidents continue to occur at alarmingly high rates.
If a careless or reckless vehicle driver hit you while you were cycling, you owe it to yourself to learn about your rights and the legal options available to you, including your right to file an ICBC no-fault benefits claim or a tort claim against the at-fault driver.
Get in touch with Klein Lawyers LLP. For more than 20 years, our legal team has helped injured cyclists and their families to file ICBC claims and recover compensation for their medical expenses and more. We will provide a free review of your case today.
Under the Motor Vehicle Act, RSBC 1996, c. 318, cyclists in British Columbia have the same rights and duties as vehicle drivers. In order to respect cyclists’ rights and safely share the road with them, the B.C. government encourages vehicle drivers to:
Unfortunately, many vehicle drivers in Vancouver fail to follow these basic steps or to otherwise exercise reasonable care when they are around cyclists. Serious bicycle accidents result. In many instances, the driver may be impaired by alcohol or driving while distracted by texting or talking on a cell phone at the time of the crash.
If a driver failed to use reasonable care and hit you while you were cycling, you have the right to bring a tort claim against that driver. Klein Lawyers will help you to gather the proof you need to show that the accident was the driver’s fault. With this proof, we can help you to file a claim to recover damages for your injuries.
Our lawyers often work with cyclists who have suffered severe, life-changing injuries such as:
If you suffered injuries in a collision with a motor vehicle in Vancouver or elsewhere in British Columbia, Klein Lawyers will help you to explore all sources of compensation available to you.
For instance, if you are involved in an accident with an ICBC-insured vehicle, then Autoplan no-fault (Part 7) insurance benefits should extend to you – regardless of who was at fault. No-fault coverage includes:
If another driver’s negligence caused the collision, you may also be eligible to file a tort claim for compensation through the driver’s third party liability coverage. By law, every B.C. motorist must carry a minimum of $200,000 in third party liability coverage. However, most motorists carry higher amounts. A tort claim may result in compensation that includes:
In a bicycle accident claim, it will be equally important to show that you were not at fault. An ICBC claims adjuster, for instance, may argue that your failure to follow your duties as a cyclist under the Motor Vehicle Act contributed to the accident. The law requires cyclists in B.C. to:
Klein Lawyers will aggressively challenge any attempt to blame you for a bicycle accident that harmed you or caused the loss of a loved one. We always conduct thorough investigations and, in many cases, we consult with accident reconstruction experts. Our goal is simple: We want to prepare the strongest possible case on your behalf and pursue the maximum amount for you.
With more than 20 years of experience with handling bicycle accident ICBC claims in Vancouver and throughout British Columbia, Klein Lawyers has the experience you need to seek full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.
Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation. As always, we guarantee that you will pay no fee unless we secure a recovery for you.