Each year in BC there are approximately 260,000 reported ICBC car accident claims. Around 170,000 of those are car accidents in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley. Whether you’re a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian, you face risks on the road each day, and it’s important to know what to do in the event of a motor vehicle accident.
What to do if You’re Injured in a Car Accident in British Columbia
If you or your loved one has been injured in a BC insured vehicle, you must report the accident to the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) to receive rehabilitation and basic insurance benefits. But before submitting an ICBC claim, we recommend consulting an experienced auto accident injury lawyer to learn your rights and obligations.
Why Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
The answer, simply put, is because ICBC does not have your best interest in mind. ICBC’s priority is to close your case as soon as possible for the lowest amount of money. As a result, ICBC employees may pressure you or your loved one to sign statements or provide them with access to medical records that may be used to try to deny the claim or reduce the amount you are entitled to. They may also encourage you to settle your claim quickly and for much less money than you deserve.
“My daughter, Michelle (age 19) was struck by a drunk driver and left to die. Michelle was in a coma for 2 months and when she came out of it, was left with many problems: complete right side paralysis, blind spots in her vision and no long or short term memory to name a few. I have been working with Brain & Injury Law (Collette Parsons Corrin) for over three years now and have been more than impressed with their abilities and compassion. I have also found that they were not only one step, but normally three or four steps ahead of any other lawyers we had to deal with, and with the criminal and civil litigation, long term disability insurance companies and ICBC, there have been quite a few. Brain & Injury Law’s (Collette Parsons Corrin) experience with head injuries has been a great help in finding the best help for Michelle’s ongoing rehabilitation. Their recommendations for doctors and therapists have contributed to Michelle’s near complete recovery. Their battles with ICBC and the long term disability insurance company have provided for her financial future, no matter what. Through all our troubles I do not believe I could have chosen a better law firm to be at our side.”
Often referred to as car accident injury lawyers, our method is straightforward. We begin by helping you access available services and rehabilitation funding sources so you can achieve the fullest recovery possible from injuries. We then work to help you achieve the maximum settlement or trial judgment possible.
A large proportion of our practice involves acting for victims of motor vehicle collisions. Due to the extreme and chaotic forces at play during a motor vehicle collision, the type and severity of injuries can vary greatly. With our vast experience dealing with complex personal injury cases, we have achieved successful trial judgments and settlements for accident victims across BC with all types of serious injuries.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision in BC, it’s important to talk to a lawyer before you talk to ICBC. If you contact ICBC on your own and tell them you have been injured in a collision, they will set up an early meeting between you and an ICBC adjuster. At the meeting, the adjuster will write down everything you say in a statement and ask you to sign it. The adjuster who takes your statement has an obligation to the person who was at fault for the collision. The purpose of taking the statement is to limit or defeat your case against the person who injured you. It is best if you call us before you meet with ICBC.
At Brain Injury Law — Collette Parsons Corrin, our initial role is to maximize the amount of money available to you through Part 7 Benefits or any other insurance that may be available to you, to help you get your life back to the greatest extent possible. Moreover, our personal injury law firm collects evidence and fully builds your case to ensure you achieve full compensation for your injuries.
One of the most important functions of the personal injury lawyer building the case for the tort claim is retaining and instructing medical experts who can support the case at trial. We retain top experts in and around Greater Vancouver to prove our clients’ cases. It all part of our duty to cover everything and protect your legal rights.
“When my son suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car crash I was truly overwhelmed. I needed help navigating through the bewildering maze of medical services, legal issues and of course, dealing with ICBC. Brain & Injury Law (Collette Parsons Corrin) staff were professionally competent, consistently available, compassionate and highly effective in the role as my son’s advocate. Brain & Injury Law (Collette Parsons Corrin) were far more than a legal counsel. They became key members of Kevin’s team. They not only assisted in the daily challenges of coordinating services, but also prepared for future long-term issues that he knew we would eventually face. I am grateful for having Brain & Injury Law (Collette Parsons Corrin) for counsel and would without reservation recommend Brain & Injury Law (Collette Parsons Corrin).”