Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyer
Pedestrians bear the brunt of most road accidents. It’s estimated that an average of 2400 pedestrians in British Columbia sustains injuries every year, with 58 fatalities (according to ICBC). The Canadian law is clear when it comes to pedestrian protection; however, many victims of pedestrian accidents assume they have no legal right to file for compensation against an at-fault motorist. That cannot be further from the truth.
As a pedestrian, you are entitled to compensation for loss of wages, medical bills, suffering & pain or loss of life even if you are at fault for the accident. The driver’s auto insurance should account for the loss. The trouble is, insurance companies often play gimmicks to reduce your injury and pay you less.
If you or someone you know has sustained injury from a pedestrian accident, we can help. Top-notch pedestrian accident injury lawyers at Ng Sidhu Law have helped thousands of victims receive maximum compensation for their injuries.
Common Causes Of Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are rarely at fault when it comes to accidents involving them. Negligent or careless driving is often the most common cause of pedestrian accidents. However, the following reckless actions can also cause a pedestrian accident:
- DUI – driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Overtaking without clear view of the crosswalk
- Failing to stop at a “stop sign.”
- Distracted Driving – Eating, talking or texting while driving
- Neglecting pedestrian’s right of way
How A Pedestrian Accident Injury Lawyer Helps
Laws pertaining to pedestrian accident claims are more complex than you think. There’s simply no guarantee that you’ll get compensated because pedestrians also have responsibilities. That’s why it pays to hire the best pedestrian accident injury lawyer in BC to make the whole process effortlessly easy.
It’s the responsibility of the lawyer, as your legal representative, to launch a full investigation of the incident – to determine who’s responsible for the accident. To reconstruct what happened, we examine the scene thoroughly and take as many pictures as possible. We shall go through the police report, doctor’s report, and line up eyewitnesses to corroborate your story.
Filing A Pedestrian Accident Injury Claim
Pedestrian accident injuries are classified as personal injuries under the law, all of which carry a two-year statute of limitations. Although you have two full years to file the claim, it is best to do it sooner than later. It is easier to reconstruct the accident and gather evidence this way.