On the night of Thursday, February 8, Vancouver had its first pedestrian fatality when a 55-year-old male was struck by a vehicle while walking in a crosswalk. According to the Vancouver Sun, investigators believe that it was the low light conditions and rainy weather that contributed to the accident, and not reckless or impaired driving.
Pedestrian accidents are always unfortunate and more often than not caused by the negligence of a driver. This doesn’t always mean it’s the driver of a personal car or light truck; pedestrians can also be struck by buses or commercial vehicles as well. Regardless of the cause, pedestrian accidents can cause significant injury to the person who was hit, dramatically altering their life in many ways. Injuries one can sustain from being in an accident as a pedestrian include:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Neck injury
- Back injury
- Broken bones
- Blood loss
- Internal injury
When a vehicle of any size strikes you the potential for traumatic injury is high. As you can see from the injuries listed above, they are not just minor wounds, but rather injuries that can cost one a lot financially as well as having long-term ramifications of pain and suffering. Injuries like these may require significant medical care and even rehabilitation to correct, all while placing a burden on you and your family financially and emotionally.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers at Stephens & Holman understand just how devastating these injuries can be. With extensive experience in pedestrian accidents, we want you to know that it’s important not to consider settling your claim with an ICBC adjuster until you’ve spoken with a lawyer. That’s because we know how these injuries can hurt families and we work to make sure that the compensation you receive is just and fair.
Any settlement you receive may include some or all of the following, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning potential
- Loss of benefits
- Damages for pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
Even if you’re somewhat responsible for the accident—jaywalking, for instance—you may still be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver. That’s why it’s important to speak with experienced pedestrian lawyers before accepting any claim from the ICBC. We will work to help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.
With 17 offices located in British Columbia, the personal injury lawyers at Stephens & Holman are here to help you during these stressful times. We offer free, no-obligation consultations to those who have been injured by the carelessness of another and you don’t pay until you collect compensation.
Please contact us by filling out the form on this page or by calling us at 604-730-4120. We proudly serve the greater Vancouver area of British Columbia.