Like many of you, we have been closely following this week’s news that ICBC wants to impose “injury caps” to reduce compensation for accident victims. There is one piece of good news: the proposed injury cap will not affect existing claims. It will only apply to claims for accidents that occur after April 1, 2019. People
It’s no secret that ICBC claims can be complex. While they’re meant to assist you in the event of an accident, it’s also important to remember that they serve similar protections to the other party (or parties) involved in your accident. As a result, you should play it safe by assuming that the ICBC doesn’t always have
To say that a car accident can be an emotionally harrowing experience is something of an understatement. After the accident itself has occurred and you’ve made sure that everyone involved has received any necessary medical treatment, there are still a number of important steps that need to come next. When you’re overcome with emotions and
Car accidents are on the rise in British Columbia, much to the dismay of drivers everywhere. There were 260,000 car accidents in British Columbia in 2011, according to a study conducted by ICBC. By 2015, that number had increased to 300,000 – bringing the 5-year average up to a harrowing 270,000 incidents annually. One of the most important
Every year, almost 300,000 car accidents and collisions occur in British Columbia, and over 50,000 of these result in a personal injury to innocent people because of the careless actions of irresponsible drivers. Since ICBC has a monopoly in basic auto insurance coverage for B.C., and a near monopoly (approximately 90%) in optional supplementary
Statistics provided by ICBC demonstrate that there are approximately 49,000 hit and run accidents in British Columbia every year. Chances are you or someone you know have been involved in an accident where the responsible party has left the scene of the accident. What to do if a driver leaves the scene of an accident?
A common issue that arises in personal-injury disputes from car accidents in Vancouver is what happens when somebody causes a collision in a car they don’t own. These kinds of incidents happen all the time in a city like Vancouver, a popular destination for friends and family to visit their loved ones where car-borrowing to
Time to Change the Rules for ICBC Disability Benefits? Many of us rarely consider what personal-injury insurance benefits are available following a car accident in British Columbia. ICBC accident benefits are important to your well being after a car accident injury in Vancouver. The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) offers total temporary-disability benefits, or
Recovering from a serious car accident is difficult, especially if you are dealing with painful car accident injuries and emotional trauma. But adding to the stress is trying to file a claim with ICBC. There are many things you need to know about your ICBC car accident claim in order to ensure you receive the
In British Columbia the Limitation Act related to limitation dates sets out the time period that an individual has to file a lawsuit against a defendant for a personal injury. Within the Limitation Act there are statutes and sections related to ICBC, municipal liability and personal injury and wrongful death. It is important to understand that
Vancouver’s most dangerous intersection for car accidents and auto injuries is going to get major upgrades. The City of Vancouver will be hosting an open house to discuss the upcoming upgrades to Vancouver’s most dangerous intersection at Southeast Marine Drive and Knight Street, which has the most car-accident incidents in Vancouver. The city wants to improve
Car accidents are a fact of life, especially in Vancouver, where fast moving traffic and wet weather is constant. In fact, your chances of being in a car accident in Vancouver are very high considering there are over 260,000 car crashes reported in BC annually; and many of us have been in one or two
Many car accident victims choose to deal with ICBC directly. They may take this route because of minimal damage to the vehicle or because their injuries seem minor. Combined with very rainy weather and long commute times, the Lower Mainland has many high incident car accident spots including the numerous bridges that criss-cross. We recommend you take the time to discuss your accident with a lawyer immediately after an accident. It never hurts to have an ICBC claim offer reviewed by an experienced personal injury lawyer.
If you are the victim of a tragic car accident, and are permanently injured, how do you make sure that your medical, day-to-day housekeeping and future care after a car accident is going to be taken care of? Paul Warnett of Warnett Hallen was part of a panel of experts presenting on this very question at the
Ryan Gunson was a passenger in a Ford F-350 travelling along 24 Avenue in Surrey, BC when the vehicle was struck by Freightliner semi-truck with a trailer that blew a stop sign. The force of the impact was significant and caused serious damage to both vehicles. Gunson suffered various injuries causing life-long medical issues. Gunson
Mark Lyons, one of Vancouver’s best known personal injury lawyers, has joined Warnett Hallen’s team. We sat down with him to hear about why he moved, what new developments he sees coming for BC for drivers, and how he can help. This is an exciting time in your career. You recently wound down one of
There are many common misconceptions related to work and exercise after a car accident. As personal injury lawyers at Warnett Hallen LLP, motor vehicle accident victims always ask when they can go back to work, the gym or other forms of exercise. One of the most common misconceptions is that a person in a car accident must
CTV reported yesterday that Suzanne Anton has conducted yet another two-day conference on the direction of distracting driving laws in BC. The session led by government and other partners such as ICBC, MADD and RoadSafetyBC, police, and Doctors of BC addressed the need to reduce the number of deaths by distracted driving on BC Roads.
Summer in BC often means “road trip”. Everyone gets moving, whether they’re on their way to the campground, beach or lake, or just hitting the open road. At the same time, road work is at its peak, taking advantage of the sun to get repairs finished before the colder rainy days return. More vehicles on
ICBC wears two hats – one for the plaintiff and one for the defendant. Your ICBC insurance adjuster’s job is to minimize ICBC’s payouts, not maximize your settlement. This means that if you have been in a car accident in BC it is in your best interest to hire a car accident lawyer to review and