Right Turns and Cyclists: Who Has the Right of Way in Surrey?

When the weather improves we will see more bicycles on the roadways. As the days get warmer and longer, cycling is an efficient, environmentally friendly and healthy alternative to the regular commute. Vancouver and Surrey BC lawyers hear of many cycling accidents each year. For both cyclists and drivers, sharing the road can be challenging when the lanes are narrow and a cyclist is moving at a Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

Conditions for Cycling Accidents in Vancouver

Each year many cyclists traveling Vancouver roads and are involved in car accidents. The majority of these accidents occur during the peak months of May through October, with 160 BC cyclists injured per month on average. Most cycling accidents are caused by drivers’ lack of awareness and failure to yield the right-of-way. Many motorists lack an awareness of cyclists, fail to accommodate for weather Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

Distracted Driving in Vancouver B.C.

In British Columbia, distracted driving is the second leading cause of car accident fatalities and the cause of one-quarter of all crashes. Driver distraction entails attention being diverted from driving tasks. This can result in significant costs to society, such as: tragic loss of life, serious injuries, health expenses, property damage and insurance rates. Activities that can impact your ability Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

Cross Walks: Is the Right of Way Absolute in B.C.?

Many pedestrians, at their peril, believe that they have an absolute right of way when they seek to cross a roadway in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. However, while a duty of care is owed by drivers to pedestrians, pedestrians are also obligated to exercise due care for their own safety and the safety of others. If you fail to observe due care for your own safety and the safety of others as a pedestrian Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

Increasing Pedestrian Safety in Vancouver

Summer is coming to an end, but for those with children this can be an exciting time as students head back to school this September. For B.C. drivers, this means we are sharing the road with more pedestrians, as many more children are out and about walking to and from school. According to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), on average 290 children aged five to eighteen are injured Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

Common Driving Challenges for Seniors in B.C.

Seniors are often the most experienced drivers on the road and driving can be a source of freedom and independence in retirement. However, as we get older we are also more vulnerable to accidents on the road due to age-related changes which can impact our vision, alertness and confidence. The ratio of drivers age 81 or over of “at fault” collisions exceeds “not at fault” collisions by 2.5 times, Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Travelling by motorcycle can be a fun, fuel efficient way to travel that puts you in touch with nature, but it can also come with some risks: Increased Volume of Traffic As everyone who lives in British Columbia has become painstakingly aware, there are significantly more vehicles on the road nowadays, the majority of them cars and trucks.  This leads to more accidents occurring and a huge increase Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

What You Should Do If You Have a Slip and Fall Injury on Property in Vancouver?

Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of personal injuries for which property insurance is used. These situations come about where you slip, trip or fall as a result of a dangerous or hazardous condition on the property of another individual or business. Various reasons for falling can include the presence of water, ice, snow, abrupt changes in flooring, insufficient lighting, or Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

Drivers & Cyclists Sharing the Road in Vancouver

Drivers and cyclists have no choice but to share the same road. As more people cycle; misunderstandings, near accidents, and actual bicycle accidents have become a regular occurrence between the two commuter groups. Thousands of people sustain injuries from these types of incidents in Vancouver every year, and  many of these instances turn into personal injury lawsuits. While both parties will Continue reading about Injury Law [...]

What is the Seatbelt Defense in B.C.?

Sometimes in motor vehicle accident cases, the Defendant will argue that the injured parties’ injuries would not have been so severe if the injured party had been wearing a seatbelt.  If this argument succeeds, then the Court will reduce the Plaintiff’s damages by some percentage.  A common reduction is 25 percent.  In other words, if the Plaintiff’s injuries would have been worth $100,000 Continue reading about Injury Law [...]