Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor Vehicle accidents account for the majority of personal injury claims and lawsuits in B.C.
A motor vehicle accident can happen to anyone at any time, and can result in unexpected physical and emotional injuries that can seriously disrupt a person’s life and livelihood.
Accidents range from minor rear-enders to head-on highway collisions and rollovers. Even a small so called fender bender accident involving minor vehicle damage can result in injuries with long term effects and these effects can be financially devastating. A broad range of injuries ranging from cuts and bruises and soft tissue injuries to more serious ones involving broken bones, spinal cord injuries, neurological injuries, or traumatic brain injuries. In many cases the pain from injuries becomes chronic and long lasting and can become complicated by psychological symptoms of depression or anxiety.
On top of having to report your claim to ICBC in order to receive compensation for your injuries and reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses and any lost income, you have the difficulty of the recovery period following a motor vehicle accident involving a busy schedule of doctors appointments and therapy treatments, physical pain and worry about whether or when you will recover and return to your normal activities and employment.
It can not be overstated the importance of thoroughly understanding your legal rights and extent of your injuries before you settle you claim with ICBC, especially if the injuries you received will continue to affect you in the future.
Some types of accident claims are handled differently, such as accidents ICBC calls low velocity impact collisions and hit and run accidents for example. Legislation and ICBC’s internal policies determine how these claims will be handled, and often, injured claimants find it difficult and stressful dealing with ICBC on their own. (Remember, your ICBC adjuster works for an insurance corporation, and not you.)
Buckley & Company’s lawyers have the experience necessary to handle motor vehicle accident claims of all kinds. We work for you, not the insurance company, and we will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you have been or somebody that has been injured in a car crash, contact us to find out more about how we can help you.