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Fri, March 20, 2009

While school bus accidents occur much less frequently than other motor vehicle accidents, the injuries sustained from them are often far more severe than those stemming from other accidents. This is primarily due to the fact that the majority of children injured in school bus accidents are pedestrians.

It is unrealistic to expect children under age 10 to exercise more caution in order to avoid these accidents. It is in their nature to be spontaneous and carefree, which in part leads to many of these accidents. As adults, it is our responsibility to take extra precautions to help avoid such tragic incidents which often result in...

Thu, March 05, 2009

School buses are one of the safest modes of transportation for children. However, when a school bus accident does take place, the injuries are often very serious and can potentially be fatal.

Most school bus accidents involve children between the ages of five and seven and occur in close proximity to the bus. Due to their diminutive size and tendency to erratically dart across the street, child pedestrian accidents comprise the majority of school bus-related accidents. Many of these accidents would be easily avoidable if drivers paid more attention and followed proper school zone procedures.

The most common causes of school...

Wed, February 25, 2009

A traumatic brain injury, also referred to as TBI, is an injury that is sustained to the head which disrupts the function of the brain. It can happen from a jolt or blow to the head or penetration of the head by a foreign object. A traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, there are about 1.4 million people who are victims of traumatic brain injuries each year. Of those people, 50,000 of the injuries are fatal. The remainder of these people may be hospitalized, treated and released.

The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries are:

• Falling accidents,...

Mon, February 09, 2009

Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating not only to the victim, but to those who are closest to them. When trying to prove damages in a brain injury case, it is important to hire an experienced brain injury attorney. They will know the laws surrounding these types of cases and be able to get you the monetary compensation you deserve. This compensation can include:

  • Money for medical bills related to the accident
  • Loss of wages, both past and future
  • Any costs incurred with rehabilitation or having to hire help to do specific chores or maintain your household
  • Pain, suffering, or disfigurement
  • ...
Fri, January 23, 2009

With the increasing popularity of bicycle transportation, there are increased opportunities for tragic accidents to occur on our roadways. Bicycle accidents can be especially devastating because many result in serious injury or even death. Insurance claims involving bicycles can be more confusing than those involving regular vehicles.

Accidents involving bicycles can happen in the blink of an eye. Because bicycles can be difficult to see, drivers may not even realize they are there until it’s too late. When you are hit by a negligent driver, several insurance policies can immediately come into play:

  • First, let’s hope...
Fri, January 09, 2009

Many people don’t consider the legal ramifications of boating accidents. Because these accidents take place on water, they are often overlooked as vehicle accidents. Recreational boating is a very popular pastime in Canada, as well as the US. If you are going to participate in boating activities, it is important to understand the laws governing the waterways and know what to do if you are ever in an accident.

Make sure you take the proper precautions when boating. Most of the same rules that apply to on-land roadways apply to the water as well. These include:

  • Having the proper license and proof of competency documents...
Wed, December 31, 2008

Because more and more people are starting to use bicycles as their main form of transportation, there are more opportunities for accidents involving cars and bikes. Taking the proper precautions when riding a bike is imperative to staying safe. This includes understanding the rules of the road and wearing the proper safety equipment. Unfortunately, even when all of the proper precautions are taken, accidents still occur.

If you choose to ride your bike on or near busy roadways, it is important to know what to do if you are ever in an accident:

  • Don’t panic and try to stay calm and focused. This is easier said than done, but...
  • Sat, December 20, 2008

    Bicycling is becoming a more common form of transportation these days. They are the number one way to save money on gas and the exercise is beneficial to the health of the rider. Unfortunately, these bicyclists must still ride on or near our busy roadways and accidents continue to occur.

    Accidents involving bicycles typically result from a car hitting the bicyclist. This can be due to an inexperienced driver or the driver’s lack of attention to their surroundings. The most common injuries sustained from bicycle accidents are:

    • Brain injuries including skull fractures, concussions and contusions
    • Broken bones and...
    Wed, December 10, 2008

    Due to the high gas prices, there are more motorcycles on the road than ever before. While this is a very ethical way to save money on gas, these drivers are much more vulnerable to injury from other careless drivers on the road. Even when the motorcycle driver is wearing all of the appropriate protective gear, they are still at a higher risk of sustaining serious injury or death in an accident with another vehicle.

    Thankfully in Canada, there are motorcycle helmet laws that require drivers to wear a helmet, which can cut down on the severity of head injuries. In the US, there are still states which don’t have mandatory helmet laws...

    Fri, November 07, 2008

    Today’s roadways are seeing more and more trucks and there are more trucking accidents than ever before. The drivers of these large vehicles know the risk that they present to the roadways, yet many of them continue to drive carelessly and endanger the lives of other drivers.

    Truck drivers are required by law to follow certain regulations regarding cargo and the weight of their truck. They are also responsible for keeping their truck maintained and in proper working order. If the truck driver neglects to follow these rules, there are severe penalties.

    If you are in an accident with a truck and the accident is a result of the...

    Tue, October 28, 2008

    In order to keep our roadways safe, it is important that the roads are properly maintained. When crews are out working on the roads, proper signage should be placed in advance of the work zone so drivers are prepared. Unfortunately, many people don’t heed the warnings of these signs and then accidents happen.

    Some of the main reasons that car accidents within construction zones are so devastating are because of the environment within these zones:

    • There are multiple people working on and near the road
    • There can be large trucks and machinery near the road and entering into traffic
    • The roadways may be...
    Fri, October 17, 2008

    Every year, thousands of people are involved in car accidents on our roadways. There are approximately 160,000 accidents in Canada each year. Close to 3,000 of the people involved in these accidents die as a result of their injuries. Compared to other countries, Canada’s statistics are relatively low, but despite that fact, accidents still happen and it’s important to know what to do after an accident.

    The things you should do if you have been in a car accident are:

    • Stay calm. Panicking will only make the situation worse.
    • Identify several witnesses, as they can be very important in assessing fault in the...
    Thu, April 24, 2008

    October 26, 2007

    British Columbia Auto Accident Attorneys
    Ms. Jane Smith
    Surrey, BC
    V3W 5N1

    Dear Ms. Smith,

    Re: Accident Claim – October 23, 2007

    Thank you for consulting us about your claim. We understand that your motor vehicle accident injury occurred while you were working. If the driver who caused the accident was working at the time you can only proceed with a claim through Worksafe BC (formerly WCB). On the other hand, if the driver who caused the accident was not working at the time, and you are off work as a result of the injuries caused by the accident,...

    Thu, April 24, 2008

    British Columbia Accident Lawyers

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    October 20, 2006

    Mr. John Smith

    Surrey, BC

    V3V 7Y7

    Dear Mr. Smith,

    Re: Accident Claim – October 3, 2006

    We were pleased to have had the opportunity of discussing your claim with you. We confirm that we are not yet acting for you, but we hope that the information we gave to you is of assistance.

    Although your accident was very recent and it is difficult to predict how long you may continue to suffer from your injuries, we believe that it would be advisable for you to retain a lawyer as...

    Thu, April 24, 2008

    British Columbia Auto Accidents

    January 22, 2008

    Ms. Jane Smith
    Maple Ridge, BC
    V2X 6B8

    Dear Ms. Smith,

    Re: Accident Claim – 2008

    Thank you for consulting us about your claim. We confirm we are not acting for you, but we hope our advice helps you better understand your rights.

    We understand ICBC may be taking the position that your claim is subject to their “low velocity impact” claim policy. The theory behind this policy is that the forces of impact between the vehicles in your accident were so slight as to be impossible to injure you. This...

    Tue, March 11, 2008
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