Category: ICBC

Car Insurance Changes

How Do Recent Changes to ICBC Auto Insurance Affect Me?

Major changes to Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) auto accident policies went into effect on April 1, 2019. These changes, for the most part, only apply to those who were injured in a crash on or after April 1, 2019. Those injured prior to that will not be adversely impacted. According to ICBC’s website, […]

Total Loss After Car Accident

What Should I Do If My Car Is Deemed a Total Loss After a Car Accident?

Getting into a car accident that isn’t your fault is never fun. Finding out that your car is totaled because of the accident is even worse. A totaled car can leave you in a tough financial situation as you struggle to buy a new car. Often the amount you are offered by ICBC is much […]

How to Accept Low Settlement Offer

How to Respond to a Low Settlement Offer

If you have filed a claim against ICBC for injuries sustained in an accident, chances are that the first settlement offer you get will not be the amount that you expect or deserve. This is because ICBC is not looking out for you. Because you are making a claim against the liable motorist’s insurance policy, […]

How Long Do You Have to Keep Medical Records?

How Long Do You Have to Keep Medical Records?

Physicians and healthcare professionals are legally required to document and maintain accurate, comprehensive medical records in order to provide patients with the best possible care. But how long are they required to keep these medical records on file? According to the Canadian Medical Association, legal claims against physicians in British Columbia can be made up […]

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on Lawsuit Settlements?

Do You Have to Pay Taxes on a Car Accident Lawsuit Settlement?

If you are pursuing a settlement from a car accident claim, you may be wondering if you must pay taxes the compensation you have secured. Perhaps you have already received a lawsuit settlement, and you are wondering why you haven’t had to pay any taxes on it. The answer is that if you receive a […]

Our Vancouver car accident lawyers discuss if you can file an ICBC claim if you were to blamed for the car accident.

I Am At Fault: Can I File an ICBC Claim?

When you cause a motor vehicle accident, you are likely fearful about the repercussions. From being cited for the accident and having to pay a fine for your behavior to questions about if you have an ICBC accident claim for your damages, you face a lot of unknowns immediately after a crash. The good news […]

Our Vancouver car accident ICBC lawyers discuss what you should do if an ICBC adjuster says you have no claim.

Why Does ‘Fault’ Matter for an ICBC Claim?

Regardless of who is at fault in a car accident, you may still be entitled to benefits for medical expenses and lost wages when you file a claim with ICBC through your Basic Autoplan’s Accident Benefits provision. In fact, many people call these “no-fault” benefits. With that said, a determination of fault can still play […]

ICBC Claim Settlements for Minor Injuries in Vancouver

Can You Still Get an ICBC Settlement for Minor Injuries?

If you are involved in a car accident or truck wreck Vancouver or elsewhere in British Columbia – even if you suffer what appear to be only minor injuries, such as a shoulder injury – you have the right to file a claim with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, or ICBC. Many people wrongfully assume […]

Matt Cleary, Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer, for Klein Lawyers, LLP

The Law Denies ICBC Compensation To Designated Driver In Car Accident

Being a designated driver is obviously a responsible thing to do and prevents countless injuries and deaths caused by car accidents. However, a recent B.C. Supreme Court judgment, Felix v. Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, 2014 BCSC 166, may discourage would-be designated drivers from offering a safe ride home to others. In that case, the […]

Proper headrest position

Correctly Adjusted Headrest Can Prohibit Severe Whiplash In A Car Accident

We know how important our pillow is to preventing neck strain, but the proper use of a well- engineered headrest can dramatically reduce the injury caused from whiplash in a car accident. Whiplash, also known as neck sprain or strain, is an injury to the soft tissues of the neck. It is caused by sudden […]

Senior driving

Senior Driving: Renewing Your License With ICBC

Driving is a life skill that requires preparation, practice, and precision. After years on the road, those of us reaching our golden years may feel as though we’re seasoned experts behind the wheel. But even a lifetime of driving and zero ICBC points can’t prepare you for the toll that aging takes on us. As […]

school zone saftey

Who Has The Right-Of-Way – Pedestrians Or Cars?

In the Vancouver 24 News (April 17, 2013) last week, there was an awesome observation by Keri Potipcoe regarding the rights of pedestrians. As she states, technically a pedestrian does have the right of way, but is it common sense to just step off the curb in front of a car? Of course not. But […]

Car accident scene

Five Essential Things NOT To Do At The Scene Of A Car Accident

It is always good to be prepared for an accident. Having a checklist of action steps can help you know what is most important to do at a car-accident scene. But just as important, it is what you don’t do at the scene that can be most beneficial. As I posted last week, if anyone […]

Top Five Things To Do After Leaving A Crash Site

Once the adrenaline that comes with being in a car accident dies down, a car-accident victim is left to deal with the realities of the situation: possible injuries, car repairs, medical attention and insurance. It can be very overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you make it through the first 48 hours after […]

Left Curb Parallel Parking Made Easy

My sister always marvels at my ability to parallel park. But being a big city driver I have had a lot of practice. What I still find awkward is the reverse left curb parallel park. Driving manuals and online instructions usually state to take the format of right curb parallel parking and just reverse the […]

Cars parked in a street

Right Parallel Parking Made Easy

Recently, I came across a good short video on how to parallel park. It seems like reverse parallel parking is one of those dreaded driving skills that many people do not like to practice. Like anything, practice makes perfect. One of the key factors to successful parallel parking is to know your vehicle and to […]

Do ICBC Driver Penalty Points Affect My ICBC Insurance Premium?

Last week we wrote about ICBC Driver Penalty points. But does getting penalty points and the payment premium affect my annual insurance premiums? The answer is yes and no. Confused yet? The actual points do not affect your insurance premiums as Driver Penalty Points and Driver Risk Premiums are separate from Autoplan insurance premiums, but […]

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What Are ICBC Driver Penalty Points?

ICBC driver penalty points is a very hot topic in British Columbia. It just keeps coming up over and over again. Why is that? I believe it is because the topic is uncomfortable. It is associated with a negative experience, shame, cops, tickets, and outgoing cash. On top of all of that, it’s a complicated […]

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Right To Bike Has Vancouver City Support

A couple of weeks ago, I opened the Vancouver Metro paper and to my delight the front-page story (after the front page ad), was “Fast Lane To Safe Cycling”. The story outlines the initiative by ICBC and the BC Cycling Coalition (BCCC) to implement a province-wide bike-training program. In addition, the Right to Bike was […]

Hands-Free Devices: Legal, But Are They Safe?

In British Columbia, the law allows for the use of hands-free devices while driving a motor vehicle. But statistics show that this is a very unsafe activity. A person talking on a mobile phone, whether hands free or not, is 4 times more likely to crash. According to research, and explained by David Teater, the […]

A Split Second Can Last Forever

Alex, the husband of one of my best friends has a saying, “Your life is measured in seconds and inches (ok, should be centimeters, but doesn’t have the same impact). The first time I heard him say that I didn’t really take it to heart, but after participating in many presentations by Drop It And […]

Highway lanes

The Ubiquitous Lane Change

Next to the lowly signal light, which I wrote about last week, another road safety rule that so many people abuse is the correct way to change or enter a lane. The lines or road markings are there for a reason! They may be solid, broken, white or yellow. Each of those specific characteristics communicates […]

pedestrian accidents & ICBC

The Wave Of Death: When Polite Can Get You Killed

It is kind of you to wave me through the intersection or through a roundabout or at the crosswalk, but if the wave is contradictory or unpredictable to anyone else on the road, that polite gesture could get me or someone else killed. In the world of personal injury lawyers they call that the “wave […]

Right-Hand Drive: Will Right-Hand Drive Vehicles Survive In Canada?

Part Two Currently in Canada, there is a small contingent of brokers who import Right-Hand Drive (RHD) vehicles and facilitate repairs and access to parts. The support structure for RHD vehicle owners in Canada, however, is small and widely scattered. So before buying an RHD, make sure you have a local supplier and a mechanic […]

Cones on road

Driver Training Taken To A Whole New Level

The BC Driving Center and Driving Unlimited Academy takes driver training to a whole new level. Located in Pitt Meadows this private facility offers a variety of driver training courses from the novice to the experienced car enthusiast. At 15, I started to learn to drive in my brother-in-law’s big pick up truck. I could […]

ICBC Penalty Points

Recently the BC government made changes to the Motor Vehicle Act that came into effect September 20, 2010. There is a lot of jargon related to penalty points, insurance premiums and driver risk premiums. But what does this all mean? If you receive a violation ticket in BC – and the violation list is quite […]

New Laws Address Dangerous Driving Behavior In BC – Confiscation, ICBC Risk Premiums, Penalty Points And Hefty Fines Implemented

Changes to the BC Motor Vehicle Act will come into affect on September 20th, 2010. BC’s worst offenders: those who drive impaired and those who drive at excessive speeds will see significant changes in fines and consequences. One major change is the new, roadside-issued, 90-day driving bans state police officers will no longer need to […]

What’s Up With The Right-Hand-Drive?

Until recently, the only right-hand-drive (RHD) cars seen in Canada were vintage versions of British imports like MGs, Morrises, Austins and Hillmans. But RHD cars are growing in popularity here, with ICBC reporting that some 200 of these vehicles are imported into British Columbia every month, mostly from Japan. So, why the popularity and why […]

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