Motor vehicle accidents were responsible for some 85,000 injuries in 2013, according to data published by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). Many people who are injured in accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, or other motorized vehicles have questions about their accident and what to do next. Below, we have answered some of the questions most frequently asked by potential clients who contact us inquiring about legal representation. For further information, call our office today.
Will I be able to recover compensation for losses?
Whether you will be able to recover for your losses depends on the nature of your losses and whether you were at fault for your accident. Even in cases where a driver is wholly at fault for an accident, he or she may be able to claim medical and rehabilitative benefits from the ICBC. On the other hand, in cases where a car accident is caused by someone else’s negligence, you can claim damages such as property damage, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of future earning capacity.
Examples of driver negligence that could cause an accident?
Examples kinds of driver negligence that often lead to BC car accidents include speeding, impaired driving, failure to yield the right of way when required, improper vehicle maintenance, and distracted driving.
Do you need a lawyer in order to recover?
There is no rule requiring people who are hurt in accidents to retain a lawyer in order to file a claim with the ICBC. It is important to keep in mind, however, that ICBC employees work for the company and are trained to minimize the amount that they pay out. For this reason, people who are represented by a lawyer often obtain significantly more compensation that those who choose to represent themselves.
Call McLarty Wolf to schedule a consultation with a Vancouver car accident lawyer
Individuals that have been hurt in car crashes in the Vancouver area are often able to recover significant compensation. In many cases, people who are represented by a Vancouver car accident lawyer are able to obtain a significantly higher settlement or award than victims who choose to represent themselves. To schedule a free telephone consultation with a lawyer, call McLarty Wolf today at 604-688-9542 or send us an email through our online contact form.