Vancouver Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

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More pedestrians get injured or killed in Vancouver and on BC roads than any other road users. If you have been injured as a pedestrian in a car accident, you have the right to compensation by a driver insured by ICBC or another car insurance provider. Even the slightest connection with a car, truck, motorcycle or even a cyclist can cause major injuries and devastating long-term medical issues.

Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian incidents with motor vehicles happen for a number of reasons, but the most common are:

  • Failure to stop at a marked or unmarked crosswalk
  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Darkness and bad weather
  • Failing to obey crosswalk signals
  • Drivers who do not know the rights of pedestrians
  • Cars pulling out of alleyways or driveways
  • Drunk drivers
  • Aggressive drivers who engage in unsafe passing or other dangerous behaviors

Common Pedestrian Injuries

Pedestrians are the most vulnerable when it comes to car accidents. In British Columbia,the ratio of pedestrian incidents to injuries was 100%, including 65 fatalities in 2012. When a motor vehicle or even a bicycle hits a pedestrian, there is almost certainly going to be injuries. Without the protection of seat belts, air bags or the car itself, pedestrian injuries are often catastrophic. You may be entitled to compensation if you have suffered any injuries because of an impact with a moving vehicle on BC roads, such as:

  • Head or brain injuries
  • Broken bones, fractures or joint injuries
  • Whiplash or soft tissue injuries
  • Jaw or dental injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis

Every pedestrian in BC has a responsibility to follow the rules of the road, such as using crosswalks and walking in accordance with traffic signals. It is important to take care to be seen by drivers, particularly if you are walking in rainy or poor weather conditions and when it is dark.  Often, ICBC will try to assign partial liability to a pedestrian. If you feel your claim is being handled unjustly, there are many tools and resources and experts that Klein Lawyers can pull together to help with a pedestrian claim. For example, in the Rossianne Sheeves case, graphical illustrations, forensic tools and brain mapping were used to prove the pedestrian was not at fault in this accident.

At Klein Lawyers, we can help you get the help you need, providing you with practical solutions to recovery. Our dedicated team of case managers work with people like you everyday. Our resources are vast, and we can share them with you. We ask only one thing, for you to focus on recovery. We will focus on making ICBC and negligent drivers accountable. Call Klein today and get the compensation you deserve.

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