Motorcycle accidents injure or kill hundreds of people across British Columbia every year. According to the CBC, fatal motorcycle accidents doubled between 2017 and 2018, with a majority of those accidents occurring in the short period between July and August. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, it is a good idea to discuss your options with an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
Please call Stephen & Holman at 604-730-4120 to schedule a complimentary case review with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers today.
Leading Causes of Motorcycle Accidents
Among the top causes of motorcycle accidents are:
- Improper lane changes
- Speeding and reckless driving
- Drugs and alcohol
- Driver distraction
- Aggressive driving or road rage
While motorcyclists are often viewed as being at fault for accidents, this is simply cultural bias. Studies have shown, again and again, that it is the drivers of larger vehicles such as cars, trucks, and SUVs that cause a majority of motorcycle accidents – often while making turns.
Far too many Vancouver motorists are careless drivers, and innocent motorcyclists and their families suffer as a result. The lawyers at Stephens & Holman want to make sure negligent drivers are held responsible for the serious injuries they cause.
If you or a loved one was involved in a motorcycle accident, an experienced lawyer can represent your family to make sure your rights are protected. Hiring a lawyer to represent your claim also alerts ICBC and other insurance companies that you are not going to settle for anything less than what you deserve.
Protecting Yourself from an Accident
One of the most effective ways to protect yourself against a motorcycle accident is to drive defensively. This means:
- Staying constantly alert
- Avoiding all forms of distraction
- Only riding while sober
- Staying aware of your surrounding environment
- Only riding in good weather
Check your bike before your ride. Make sure the brakes, signals, and lights are all in proper working order. Make sure your mirrors are adjusted and check tire pressure and all fluids before heading out as well.
Remember, lane splitting and filtering are both illegal in British Columbia. Following the rules of the road, including the speed limit, will further reduce risks for causing an accident, along with risks for serious or fatal injury if an accident becomes unavoidable.
A Note of Safety Gear
All motorcycle riders and passengers in British Columbia must wear a DOT-approved helmet at all times. Failure to wear a helmet will result in a fine, but more importantly, improper helmet use increases the risk of debilitating or deadly injury.
Brain injury is the leading cause of death and permanent injury worldwide. In B.C., there are approximately 60 new cases of TBI daily, with 22,000 resulting in serious injury every year. Helmets reduce these risks substantially.
In addition to a helmet, foot pegs or a floorboard are required on all bikes. Riders can reduce risks for serious injury by using these footrests at all times – and by wearing riding gear such as:
- Eye protection
Goggles and face shields are not required in British Columbia, but eye protection is strongly encouraged. Without a windshield, the eyes are vulnerable to dust, bugs, and other debris.
Have You Been Injured?
A motorcyclist, even if protected by riding gear and a helmet, is exposed and much more likely to suffer serious or fatal injury if involved in a collision. If all drivers were to follow driving codes and practice safe driving, the potential for accidents would be greatly diminished. But as we all know, this is an impossible hope.
When you are injured by a negligent driver, it is important to take swift action in order to protect your rights. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Stephen & Holman are here to help.
With decades of combined experience and a team of dedicated legal professionals, we work for victims of serious injury, seeking compensation for all related damages and helping to see that justice is served.
We also fight for families dealing with the loss of a loved one due to a fatal motorcycle accident.
If you find yourself in either situation, we encourage you to call us for a free consultation where we can listen to your story, provide honest information about your options, and guide you towards the best path forward.
Call Stephen & Holman at 604-730-4120 to schedule a complimentary case review with one of our motorcycle accident lawyers. We maintain 25 offices throughout British Columbia.