Beware of Lending your Vehicle

You do someone a favour and lend out your vehicle. But then the unthinkable happens and your vehicle is in an accident. Worse still, the driver is to blame. Are you liable? According to Section 86 of the Motor Vehicle Act, the vehicle owner is indeed, usually liable. Before lending our vehicle, we should all […]

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Planning a Party? Social Host Awareness

A social host is the term given to the host/hostess of a private party (non-work/commercial-related). A recent case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia raises concerns about social host responsibility where a drunken party-goer causes an accident and injury to others. Canada’s highest court, the Supreme Court of Canada, dealt with this issue a […]

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Care or Control

Care or Control

Can a person be convicted of a criminal offence if they’re drunk and asleep in a vehicle with the keys in the ignition? The answer is Yes. Under Section 253(1) of the Criminal Code, it is an offence for a person not only to operate, but also to have care or control of a motor […]

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Is My ICBC Adjuster Really on My Side?

So you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident. To your relief, ICBC says the accident is 100% not your fault. Better yet, you’ve been assigned an adjuster who will look after all your needs. When the time is right, your friendly adjuster assures you of a fair and proper settlement. Oh and by the way, […]

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Liability of the Left-Hand Turning Vehicle

An interesting decision in the case of an accident involving a left turning vehicle was recently handed down in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The Plaintiff was a taxi owner/operator who, after dropping off a passenger outside Vernon, pulled up to a stop sign. He intended to turn left onto the highway heading south […]

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Low Velocity Impact Collisions

Have you ever opened a carton of eggs to discover that one (or more) is cracked or broken? How can that be when the carton looks completely intact? The same can be said of low velocity impact collisions. The absence or lack of damage to the outside of a vehicle by no means constitutes an […]

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Hit & Run Accidents

If someone causes you damage in an accident and then leaves the scene without exchanging information, there are certain actions you must take to protect your rights. This applies if your vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle was hit, or if you were struck as a pedestrian. In British Columbia, Section 24 of the Insurance (Vehicle) Act […]

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I Ride Too. Don’t Settle for Less.

Motorcycle accidents differ substantially from other motor vehicle accidents. Common sense tells us that motorcyclists simply lack the protection available to the automobile motorist. Protective clothing and helmets may assist to reduce injuries but all of us who ride know that such protective outerwear will probably not prevent us from being more seriously injured in […]

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Am I Being Followed by ICBC?

A question often raised by personal injury clients is “Will ICBC hire a private investigator?” The answer is not always a straight-forward one. In a relatively basic personal injury claim, ICBC probably will not hire an investigation firm to do surveillance on you. However, some adjusters live by video surveillance and will, relatively quickly after […]

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Do I Need A Lawyer?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you will undoubtedly ask yourself, “Should I get a lawyer?” For the most part, people are intimidated by lawyers and perceive them to be expensive. On the other hand, ICBC adjusters are well-trained professionals, dealing with hundreds of claims such as yours each year. Why would your […]

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