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Mon, June 12, 2017

When you’re involved in an auto accident there are many things that need to be addressed. First and foremost, you need to make sure that you and your passengers are safe and seek medical attention right away for any serious injuries. The next most important step is gathering information. This is especially important if you were hit by a negligent driver driving a vehicle from a jurisdiction outside of British Columbia.

In any auto accident in B.C., if you are in a B.C licenced vehicle, no matter who’s at fault, you need to file a claim with ICBC to receive benefits for your injuries and to repair damage to your vehicle.  When the...

Mon, May 22, 2017

In Vancouver, and all across B.C., when you are involved in a car accident you need to file a claim with ICBC to receive compensation for your injuries. What many may not realize is that hiring a lawyer will not interfere with your ICBC claim. In fact, having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can help you understand your rights regarding the benefits you should receive.

At Stephens & Holman, we have the knowledge and experience to help you with your accident claim so that you can get the most for your pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many people don't realize this and may lose out on potential compensation....

Mon, May 15, 2017

Driving can be a dangerous experience. While you may exercise caution and control when you drive, there are numerous external circumstances that warrant your full attention. Be aware of inclement weather, bad road conditions and even wildlife as these are just a few of the many things that can cause an auto accident. Reckless drivers also pose a significant threat to your safety, especially if they’re under the influence of drugs while they drive.

Impaired driving is always dangerous and puts everyone on the road at risk for serious injury. A driver under the influence of drugs may exhibit slow reaction times or an inability to...

Thu, May 11, 2017

Impaired driving is the leading cause of automobile accident fatalities in B.C. It is never a good idea to drive while impaired, as you put yourself and everyone else on the road at risk for serious injury or death. The automobile accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman want to remind everyone that if you’re planning on drinking at a social gathering, office party, or sporting event to please have a designated driver, call a taxi, or take transit.

Alarming statistics for impaired driving in B.C. include:

  • Each year 66 people die in crashes involving impaired driving
  • Roughly 23% of all automobile accident...
Thu, April 27, 2017

When you're driving there are many things vying for your attention. You need to focus on the cars around you and  any traffic signals and signs.  You also need to be aware of road conditions and any hazards that may be in your way. Having your full attention on the road ahead and the vehicles around you helps to avoid a car accident. That's why it's important to avoid unnecessary distractions while you drive to keep you, your passengers, and others on the road safe.

With mobile phones becoming more advanced and adding new features each day, it's easy to be distracted by calls, texts, emails, and apps. When driving, it's imperative...

Thu, April 20, 2017

As the weather gets nicer, it becomes the perfect time to bring out the motorcycle. Unfortunately, when you ride you're more at risk for severe personal injury from accidents on the road. Motorcycle accidents peak during the warmer months, with six out of 10 accidents occurring at an intersection. That's why it's important for riders--and drivers--to be aware of each other on the roads to prevent serious accidents and injury.

Our experienced motorcycle lawyers at Stephens & Holman have dealt with many motorcycle accidents and can help you if you've been in a crash while riding your motorcycle. We also believe in educating the...

Thu, April 13, 2017

Car accidents have a tremendous impact on the lives of everyoone involved. Property damage and severe personal injury caused by an auto accident can have negative effects that last a lifetime. There are many ways accidents occur, but some of the most frequent causes are high-risk driving behaviours.

According to B.C. police statistics, 43 percent of crashes that result in injury or death are caused by high-risk driving behaviours, accounting for nearly 143 deaths each year. At Stephens & Holman we wish to educate you—and all British Columbians—on the risks of these behaviours to help avoid costly and painful accidents. High-...

Wed, April 12, 2017

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident where someone else is at fault and the damage to your B.C. registered vehicle exceeds $2000, you have to declare that damage to any subsequent purchaser so you may have a claim for what is referred to as "accelerated depreciation" because your vehicle is not as desirable as before the accident. If you wish to pursue this claim you would then need an automobile appraiser to prepare a report comparing the market value of the vehicle with and without the declaration.

Even with this evidence submitted to the at fault driver’s insurance company, usually ICBC in this province, many insurers...

Wed, March 29, 2017

The phrase "inevitable accident" is sometimes used as a defence to deny paying out a claim for compensation. You may have heard stories about ICBC saying an auto accident was inevitable and therefore the claim is denied.

Generally speaking, the inevitable accident defence hinges on categorizing a crash as unanticipated and unvoidable. For example, this defence may arise when an auto accident is caused by:

  • Inclement weather
  • Ice on the road
  • Snow-covered roads
  • Wet roads
  • A driver losing consciousness or experiencing an emergency health event behind the wheel

If the defence of...

Thu, March 16, 2017

Following a serious car crash, what steps can you take to protect yourself and your family from the worst of the aftermath? There are several things you should do after a crash, including:

1. Call the police. Serious accidents usually require a law enforcement response. Call 9-1-1 so that emergency medical personnel can help anyone who needs it and so that police officers can file an official report of what happened.

2. Seek medical attention. While 9-1-1 should of course be called for anyone with serious or life-threatening injuries, it's also important to seek medical attention even if you...

Wed, March 08, 2017

Perhaps you want your accident claim to be handled by a lawyer, but are wondering how you can possibly afford it. After all, the aftermath of accidents can become expensive. And the costs associated with the claim process can also add up quickly.

If you become a client of Stephens & Holman, you will not pay any fees or any money up front. In fact, you won't pay us anything unless we successfully recover compensation on your behalf, in which case our payment is a percentage of the compensation recovered.

We know just how difficult these situations can be. You can rest assured our lawyers will begin working immediately and...

Tue, February 28, 2017

After suffering a spinal cord injury, you may feel as though every aspect of your life has changed. Our lawyers understand these feelings. We have been working with spinal injury victims for many years, so we have seen first-hand how devastating these injuries are. Here are just some of the ways damage to the spinal cord can alter someone's life:

  • Diminished enjoyment of life
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of certain bodily functions and senses
  • Long-term breathing problems
  • Recurring pain
  • Mental anguish and emotional suffering
  • Need for assistive equipment
  • Reduced or...
Thu, February 23, 2017

Tragically, children getting injured or killed in pedestrian accidents is a reality. We all want to do everything we can to prevent these tragedies, but what can you do to help your child stay safe as they navigate the surrounding areas on foot? Here are a few places to start:

  • The importance of being seen. Drivers easily miss pedestrians. Particularly with the widespread prevalence of distracted driving, it's more important than ever to be visible. Teach your child to dress in one or more articles of brightly colored clothing. At night, they should carry a flashlight and wear clothing with reflective...
Tue, February 21, 2017

Speeding kills approximately 94 people every year in British Columbia, according to ICBC. Speeding remains a leading cause of auto accidents, and many more people are seriously injured in these crashes every year.

Although we all have days in which we are running late or trying to make sure all of the day's errands are completed, it is important to be realistic about our schedules. It may be tempting to speed, but it is not worth the risk of getting in an accident that could harm you and others with whom you share the road.

Consider these aspects of speeding:

  • There is less time to react at faster speeds...
Mon, January 30, 2017

Have you been told your brain was injured in an accident? If so, you may already have some idea of how serious such an injury can be. Injuries to the brain may have long-lasting consequences. Some of the most common causes of this type of head injury are:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Dangerous products

Brain injuries range in severity. The most severe injuries may show some of the following symptoms immediately or within a few hours or a few days of the injury:

  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Problems...
Wed, January 25, 2017

When you suffer a severe injury in British Columbia, you turn to your ICBC benefits to help with various costs associated with your injury. Hiring an experienced injury lawyer should not affect or diminish these benefits.

The lawyers at Stephens & Holman have been handling injury cases for a long time. We know that it would be illegal and unethical for an insurance adjuster to treat you poorly because you hired a lawyer. In fact, the ICBC adjusters know that lawyers help injury victims navigate the insurance claims process.

So what types of injuries do our lawyers help pursue? Just about any type of serious...

Fri, January 20, 2017

As someone who recently suffered a personal injury, you likely have many questions about your situation, and about what you are owed from the ICBC or other insurance company. Rely on our Vancouver injury lawyers for clear, honest answers. For a free consult, please call Stephens & Holman at 604-730-4120.

1. You may be owed more than the initial offer.

ICBC and other insurance companies don't necessarily want to offer you the appropriate settlement. They have a bottom line and they don't want to pay out more money than they have to. By hiring a lawyer, you will have an experienced advocate on your...

Wed, December 28, 2016

The aftermath of a car accident is always overwhelming. The actual scene of the crash can be scary. In the hours following, once you have your wits about you, you might not be sure what to do next. Here are five commonly asked questions that may help you as you decide what's next:

1. How soon should I contact a lawyer following an auto accident?

You should contact our lawyers as soon as possible. We can provide you with the answers you need to protect yourself from unfair settlements. We have been handling accident claims for over 30 years. As a result, we can tell you what steps to take and what not...