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Fri, November 14, 2014

Imagine you're crossing the street, even following the proper road signals, when a vehicle makes a turn and slams into you. At first, you're going to experience fear and pain, and then will wonder where that vehicle came from and why you were hit.

When a vehicle slams into a pedestrian, there are almost always going to be injuries and suffering involved. More often than not, the vehicle was disobeying traffic laws, and that person's negligence is what caused the accident.

When our Surrey personal injury attorneys at Stephens and Holman approach a pedestrian accident lawsuit, we first establish the following:

  • Was...
Thu, November 06, 2014

Severe injuries can occur from any type of accident or hazardous premises. Our Vancouver lawyers have experience with all sorts of injury cases and understand how to navigate such difficult waters. Severe injuries can render you or a family member incapable of everyday tasks, even things as simple as walking, talking or eating. An injury of this magnitude can also leave the injured party unable to work and can change a family's dynamic permanently.

Severe injuries, like spinal cord injuries, can occur from any of the following:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle...
Mon, October 27, 2014

The tragedy of losing a loved one is certainly one of the most difficult times you and your family will experience. If your loved one was lost due to the negligence or the willful act on the part of another, you or other family members may be entitled to compensation.

The Vancouver lawyers at Stephens & Holman have experience with wrongful death cases and understand how to appropriately and tenderly discuss the case with you. We will work tirelessly to get you answers and determine who is responsible for the tragedy.

In order for a wrongful death case to be considered viable, certain things must be determined, including...

Thu, September 25, 2014

Being in a car accident can be a terrifying and traumatizing event. Immediately after an accident, you may find yourself flooded by what just happened, by questions from the authorities and the drivers that were involved, and by fear and confusion.

With all of this distraction, you may not take the time to really evaluate how you're feeling. Your adrenaline may kick in, making you feel as though you're physically fine; however, after an accident, there can be serious injuries that take days or even weeks to show symptoms.

If you begin to experience the following symptoms after a car accident, a severe injury...

Tue, September 23, 2014

Honda has issued its second recall this year, this time for 126,000 motorcycles. The recall is for the GL-1800 model made between 2001-2010 and in 2012. The bikes are being recalled due to a faulty brake master cylinder that can cause the rear brake to engage when it shouldn't and drag. This dragging friction can cause the rear brake to heat up which can cause a fire.

Honda issued the recall after receiving over 500 complaints of the rear brake dragging and at least 8 reports of a fire.

These same motorcycles were recalled in 2011, but Honda continued to receive complaints that the repairs didn't work, so they've been...

Wed, August 13, 2014

Unfortunately, injuries can occur from a wide variety of causes. Frequently these injuries are caused by someone or something beyond your control. If that is the case, you may be entitled to compensation.

Injuries can occur at any moment and from any cause. Oftentimes, injuries occur because of the negligence of another driver or because of a defective product.

Injuries may arise from  any of the following:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Defective products
  • Dangerous premises

Such injuries can affect your life in many different ways,...

Tue, July 15, 2014

A recent recall by Harley-Davidson involves 66,421 motorcycles being recalled for repair. After discovering that there is a flaw in the front brake line, Harley is asking owners of Touring models and CVO Touring models from 2014 to bring their bikes in for repair. The models that are affected have anti-lock brakes made between July 1, 2013 and May 7th.

The front brake line can get pinched between the fuel tank and the frame of the motorcycles which can cause a drop in brake fluid pressure. This drop in pressure can cause the front tire to lock up suddenly. The recall has already caused at least five accidents and two injuries....

Mon, July 07, 2014

A 50-year-old man working in a Pennsylvania sugar plant was found buried alive after a safety device was removed from the sugar hopper he was working on. After spending the morning working on bagging sugar for his company, there were too many clumps and they were slowing down the process, so the man grabbed a shovel to try to remove the clumps.

After returning from lunch, his coworkers found him buried alive inside of the sugar hopper with merely the top of the shovel showing through the sugar.

For some reason a safety device that, according to protocols, should have been on the hopper was missing. A manager...

Tue, June 24, 2014

When a residence or a business doesn't keep their premises safe, they may be liable if someone gets injured. There may be circumstances beyond their control, but it is important to know the warning signs so you can protect yourself from a dangerous accident.

You want to be mindful of all of your surroundings and their current state. If there are wet floors or stairs, be sure to avoid them and make their existence known to the owner of the business or residence.

Here are some warning signs of areas where a slip-and-fall accident may occur:

  • Unsafe or...
Wed, June 11, 2014

You find yourself sitting in traffic at a red light and all of the sudden are lurched forward as someone behind you rear-ends you vehicle. In this moment of panic, you need to remember some basic steps to ensure that you will be able to handle this situation properly.

The first thing to remember when you've been a in car accident is to remain calm. Contact the police and be sure to document everything as best as you can. Take pictures and get insurance information from the person that hit you. Before determining how you feel or if you're injured, you need to see a doctor. Some injuries from a car accident may not manifest...

Wed, May 28, 2014

Every year we celebrate cycling and encourage the good environmental practice of biking to work with Bike to Work Week.

When biking to work there are a few rules of the road to remember.

  • Look at the signs. Cyclists should not ride on a sidewalk or a crosswalk unless directed to do so by a sign.
  • Ride on the right (not left) side of the road
  • If riding at night make sure to have a white headlight (visible from 150m), a red reflector, and a red rear facing light.
  • Use hand signals to indicate right turn, left turn, or slowing speed.
  • Wear your helmet—it’s mandatory.
  • ...
    Tue, May 27, 2014

    In a decision released last week the Court of Appeals determined that allowing a motor vehicle owner or operator to waive liability for personal injuries is against public policy in B.C.

    The Whistler zip line is a large attraction for B.C. tourists. People enjoy the thrill of zipping through the air, hundreds of feet above the ground.  However, before this thrilling experience most adventure companies will ask you to complete and sign a waiver. This waiver will say that you acknowledge the inherent danger of the activity and you release the company from liability in case an accident or injury occurs. But what happens when someone...

    Mon, April 28, 2014

    According to a veteran traffic officer with the Vancouver Police, road construction, bike lanes, and increased traffic are all to blame for a major spike in Vancouver's speeding tickets. As he states, loss of space on the roads contributes to driver frustration, which results in motorists speeding up once they reach an open stretch to recover lost time.

    In 2013, Vancouver police issued a total of 28,741 speeding tickets - a record number, and a significant uptick compared to the 18,227 tickets issued in 2012. Although Vancouver Police has increased speed enforcement, that alone cannot account for such a significant increase in...

    Wed, April 09, 2014

    Spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating potential consequences of a traffic accident. Severe spinal cord injury usually results in permanent paralysis, robbing victims of the ability to care for themselves, hold down a job, and even maintain the same relationships they once had.

    However, new research is providing hope for victims of spinal cord injury. Experiments performed at the University of Louisville and University of California successfully restored voluntary lower body movement in four patients who were previously told they would never be able to move their legs again. The researchers sent electrical currents...

    Mon, March 31, 2014

    One of the most important decisions you will make regarding your ICBC auto accident claim is when to settle. The answer to this question will depend on the specific facts involved in your claim. Remember, ICBC will attempt to settle your claim as soon as possible after your car accident, because it saves administrative costs for them to close files quickly. Additionally, since initial settlement offers are always low, the earlier you settle your claim, the less money ICBC has to part with.

    Once you settle an ICBC claim, you are not entitled to further compensation from ICBC for your injuries. Part of your...

    Tue, March 25, 2014

    On Monday morning, a minibus carrying six passengers turned into a Walmart parking lot, where it proceeded to accelerate, strike several parked cars, fly over an embankment, and finally crash into the wall of a local movie props store. All six people, including the driver, were sent to the hospital.

    According to authorities, the bus was in the process of picking up passengers when it began to accelerate at high rate of speed. The minibus then crashed into a hedge, smashing into several parked cars on the road, and careened over a steep embankment. The bus went airborne over the embankment and finally embedded...

    Thu, February 27, 2014

    If you are a pedestrian or bicyclist and have been struck by a negligent driver, you may have an ICBC claim even though you were not driving or riding in a motor vehicle at the time. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents in British Columbia are usually straightforward personal injury claims.

    If you were a passenger or driver of a motor vehicle and were injured in an accident caused by a cyclist or pedestrian, ICBC may still be involved in your claim – but the claim itself will be more complicated. In these types of accidents, ICBC is typically involved in the payment of Part VII benefits, as well as compensation for...

    Thu, February 20, 2014

    Following a Supreme Court ruling on Monday, a designated driver who suffered serious injuries in a British Columbia car accident caused by her drunken passenger has been denied compensation by ICBC. In 2006, the woman was driving her intoxicated boyfriend home from a soccer game when he grabbed the steering wheel from the passenger seat and caused the vehicle to crash on Highway 1 in Abbotsford. She was badly injured, and her boyfriend was killed in the single-vehicle accident.

    A British Columbia Supreme Court justice ruled in favour of ICBC since the woman was not covered by third-party insurance. Unless she files and wins...