According to the ICBC, in 2012 there were 1,400 accidents involving a cyclist in British Columbia, 11 in which a cyclist was killed.
Common Causes of Bike Accidents in Vancouver
The rules that apply to automobiles also apply to bicycles. Bike accidents often occur because bicycles are less visible than vehicles and they travel between lanes. Opening driver-side doors, cars cutting across bike paths, cars crossing intersections or leaving driveways or parking spots and left-turning drivers are some of the major causes of cycling accidents. Drivers can cause accidents with bicyclists if they:
- Failed to check all mirrors before changing lanes
- Ignored stop signs or traffic signals
- Were speeding
- Were driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
Road defects can also cause problems for cyclists. For instance, a wheel can get caught in a crack. A municipality or the British Columbia government may be liable for failing to maintain roads properly. Actions against the city or other local government have special, very short limitation periods. So if there is any possibility of involvement of the city in a lawsuit, you need to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately.
What Damages Can I Collect in a Bicycle Accident?
After a bike accident, a person can be left with large financial burdens and ongoing medical issues. In your bicycle accident claim with ICBC or any other insurance provider, you may be eligible for damages, including but not limited to:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages, including future earnings
- Loss of benefits
- Pain and suffering
It is important that you do not accept a settlement before you have an experienced lawyer assess your situation. You may be eligible for more than you think.
Vancouver Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicyclists and motorists need to share the road. However, many motorists neglect to watch for bike riders, leading to serious accidents. Experienced personal injury lawyer Bruce Lemer can analyze all the variables involved, develop necessary evidence and retain top experts. If liability is an issue, it is beneficial to retain an experienced bicycle accident lawyer promptly so that the evidence can be preserved and your rights protected when dealing with the ICBC.