Motorbike accidents cause major injuries that can be life-altering. If your accident was the result of a driver’s negligence, then you could have a right to compensation which can help you recover from these serious injuries.
You’ll need help getting it. ICBC isn’t going to volunteer to pay more than they have to. You’ll also find motorcycle cases get complicated fast. That means you don’t just need a lawyer. You need a lawyer who knows these cases inside and out.
Fault is the Crux of the Issue
If ICBC can prove you were the cause of the accident then they only have to pay you accident benefits. These are limited benefits that rarely cover a cyclist’s financial needs after a crash.
If fault lies with the driver then you can be compensated for future wage loss and loss of earning capacity, medical expenses in excess of the accident benefit limits, and pain and suffering.
The difference between these amounts is significant enough to make ICBC fight hard to pin the blame on cyclists.
If the cyclist died in the accident then the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased can make a wrongful death claim. This means they can be compensated for medical expenses related to the crash, loss of care, guidance, and companionship, and funeral benefits. A wrongful death claim will also include compensation for loss of income and inheritance.
Again, ICBC is going to work hard to pay as little as possible.
You’ll need expert guidance to make sure you get the money you need to rebuild your life after this tragic event.
Why Motorcycle Cases are Harder
It’s unfair, but true: there’s a stigma against cyclists. Many of the stakeholders in the case will automatically assume the accident was the cyclist’s fault. This means police, judges, juries, and insurance adjusters are all arrayed against the plaintiff.
It doesn’t help that the rider is usually far too injured to take helpful action after the accident. It’s hard to take photographs, for example, while you are unconscious. This gives the defense a head start on crafting their narrative and means the plaintiff’s lawyer will have to reconstruct the facts of the case.
Why Merchant Law?
We have the experience and expertise to navigate all of the complications of a motorbike accident case. We also have a long track record of success. We’ve typically helped our clients get ten times as much money as they’d have gotten on their own, even after lawyer’s fees.
We work on contingency, which means you don’t have to pay us anything out of pocket. We don’t get paid unless we settle your case fairly or prevail in court.
Schedule a free consultation today. Call (604) 609-7777 or visit us at 303 – 304 15127 100th Ave Vancouver, in Surrey.