Whether you’re a local or visiting BC, auto accidents and other personal injuries can happen at any time. There are a variety of people who visit British Columbia—from out of town Canadians to individuals and families from other countries such as the United States. Out-of-towners often rent vehicles to visit popular tourist sites. If you’re injured while in BC, you’ll need to retain a local lawyer to pursue your claim for compensation to cover the cost of treatment for your injuries as well as pain and suffering and any long-term impact they may have on your life.
In BC the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia or ICBC is the government insurance company from whom all drivers must purchase basic auto insurance. While your provincial insurance or private insurance provider will cover some of the costs of an auto accident, the other vehicle involved in the crash likely has ICBC coverage.
Retaining a BC lawyer will strengthen your claim because they understand how to navigate the complicated waters involved in ICBC auto accident claims for out-of-towners. A new law on ICBC claims restricts the amount recoverable for “minor injuries,” which are often subject to the adjuster’s opinion, and an ICBC lawyer who specializes in these claims can ensure your injuries and how they affect your quality of life are thoroughly evaluated. Also, a local lawyer understands how to pursue your claim in the BC Courts which have exclusive jurisdiction over personal injuries occuring in BC.
Reconstructing the Accident & Building Your Case
The aftermath of a car accident can be confusing. You must seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible. You’ll also need to file an accident report, take pictures, and collect information from the other driver and witnesses. That can be overwhelming when you’re in shock and dealing with injuries and while you heal and go through physical therapy. A local BC lawyer can help in multiple ways, including:
- Compiling evidence
- Reconstructing the scene of the accident
- Contacting experts and witnesses
- Filing your claim and pursuing compensation
Many accident victims miss days of work or are unable to return to work due to a permanent disability caused by the collision. Injured plaintiffs need to focus on their injuries and following their medical treatment plans. An experienced accident lawyer will protect your rights and be your voice to make sure you recover costs such as vehicle or property repair and replacement, lost income, and treatment expenses.
Auto accidents are just one type of injury claim our lawyers at Stephens & Holman handle, and injuries from dangerous premises in BC or another incident caused by negligence require a local lawyer as well. We take a personal approach to each case and understand the large toll a severe injury can have on your life physically, psychologically, and financially.
Contact Stephens & Holman in Vancouver Today
If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident while visiting British Columbia, contact our lawyers at Stephens & Holman today by calling (604) 730-4120 for a case evaluation. Our experienced lawyers help injured victims in Vancouver and at 25 locations throughout British Columbia.