CHANGES TO ICBC NO-FAULT BENEFITS
Regardless of whether you are at fault for an accident, ICBC will provide you with no-fault benefits (also called Part 7 benefits). These benefits include medical and rehabilitation expenses, wage loss, housekeeping expenses, and death benefits.
Significant changes to no-fault benefits came into effect on April 1, 2019. Although ICBC has increased the benefits it will pay, it may become more difficult to obtain these benefits. Therefore, we recommend that you speak to a lawyer to discuss your rights and obligations.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO ICBC CLAIMS
As you may have heard, the BC government has introduced a number of important changes to motor vehicle accident claims. This article will summarize the most significant changes in the law, most of which came into effect on April 1, 2019.
The new laws are complicated and will likely continue to change, so it is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident on or after April 1, 2019.
Guide to Hit and Run Claims
You were involved in a motor vehicle accident, but the other vehicle drove off before you could record any information. What do you do next?
If you are involved in a hit and run accident in British Columbia, you may be entitled to compensation from ICBC for your injuries and vehicle damage, but you need to make attempts to identify the driver of the other vehicle. However, most people are unaware of the steps they need to take in order to make a successful hit and run claim.
Pedestrians and cyclists struck by a motor vehicle can make an ICBC claim
This article looks at pedestrian and cyclist accidents in Vancouver and how injured victims can pursue claims.
In 2012 the City of Vancouver adopted its Vision Zero plan, which seeks to reduce traffic fatalities in the city to zero by 2040, according to Metro News. While that goal is laudable, it will require massive improvements in traffic safety, especially where accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists are concerned. Currently, about half of all traffic fatalities in Vancouver involve cyclists or pedestrians. Furthermore, cyclists and pedestrians who have been injured in an accident are often unaware of their legal rights, including their right to file a claim through ICBC.
The Benefits of ICBC Coverage
The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is a great corporation – one of the best insurance companies in Canada. And we own it!
As members of the Trial Lawyers of British Columbia, we fight for your rights for coverage and protection with ICBC, but at the end of the day, we need to be cognizant of the fact that ICBC offers a lot when you approach a claim correctly.
Pedestrians aren’t benefiting from improvements in traffic safety
Overall, driving in British Columbia has gotten much safer in the past decade, with traffic fatalities decreasing for most groups. However, as 24 Hours Vancouver reports, one group that has not shared in that success is pedestrians. While driving has become safer for motorists, serious pedestrian accidents now account for a greater share of overall traffic injuries and fatalities in the province. The worrying trend has led to calls for new measures to be instituted, including legal and infrastructure changes that are designed to protect vulnerable road users.