If you suffered injury in a car accident for which you were partly responsible, you may still be able to seek compensation for related property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Because fault assessment in collisions that involve multiple drivers and vehicles can be complex, it’s advisable to contact the experienced auto accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman as soon as possible following a crash and before you speak with an Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) adjuster.
The ICBC assigns fault in car accidents using the Fault Determination Rules established in the Insurance Act. Using common accident scenarios, the ICBC will assign fault based on percentages from zero to 100 percent to each driver involved in the collision.
In circumstances in which fault is split, you may be entitled to payments from the insurance of the other driver or drivers, even if it is determined that you share a portion of fault.
Although you have the right to appeal if you disagree with the ICBC’s fault assessment, it is recommended to speak with a car accident lawyer before making any statements to an ICBC adjuster. A lawyer knowledgeable with personal injuries related to auto accidents can evaluate your individual circumstances and advise you on how to best proceed.
If you were injured in a traffic collision in British Columbia, please contact the Vancouver car accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.