Nanaimo Motorcyle Accident Lawyers
In their 2019 report, the BC Provincial Health Authority stated that over 10,000 people were newly hospitalized for injury in Nanaimo. This same report shows that Vancouver Island scores well above the provincial average for falls and motor vehicle accidents on the Potential Years of Life Lost Index.
The truth is that injury is a major cause of death, disability, and hospitalization in BC. Fall and fall-related injuries are responsible for serious impairment, loss of independence, and a significant reduced quality of life. Personal injury is a leading cause of underlying health problems, and if left untreated, they impact not only the injured, but those who care for them as well.
Motorcyle accidents frequently result in serious injuries, often fatal. The B.C. Coroners Service reported the highest number of deaths on record from motorcyle accidents last year, with an average of two deaths every weekend during the summer months.
Motorcyle accidents in BC are at an all time high. ICBC has reported a rising trend in motorcyle related crashes: in just five years, crashes rose 1.3%. Reported injuries from motorcycle crashes jumped by 1.2% on Vancouver Island alone in that same five years.
The severity of injuries is typically much worse than those acquired in car accidents because the motorcycles do not offer the same protection, including air bags and seat belts. In a motorcyle accident, the victim has a lower degree of protection from trauma.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a motorcyle accident, Fabris McIver Hornquist & Radcliffe can help.
For nearly 40 years, our motorcycle accident lawyers have helped thousands of victims in Nanaimo, providing trusted, caring, and professional support.
What Are The Main Causes of Motorcyle Accidents?
Motorcyle accidents most often result from driver error, but it is the motorcyclist who is at the greatest risk. The motorcycle driver usually faces one of these events: they are either thrown off their motorcycle (“dumping” their bike) sliding along the pavement until their body hits an object, stopping the slide, or they collide with another vehicle or object at high speed, completely unprotected as they are launched off of their bike.
These accidents are most frequently caused by:
Speeding. This is the leading cause of most vehicle accidents, including motorcycles. Speeding lowers a driver’s chance of reacting in time to prevent a collision.
Sudden Stops. Abrupt stops can leave a motorcyclist little time to react. Rear-end accidents can lead to very serious injuries or even death to a motorcyle driver.
Car doors. Drivers who opened the door to their parked cars in the path of a motorcyle driver can gravely injure the oncoming motorcyclist.
Driving Under the Influence. Drivers of any type of vehicle who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs put others at risk on the road and is a leading cause of accidents to motorcyclists.
Dangerous Road Conditions. Potholes, debris, breaking pavement, and slippery roads increase the motorcylists chances of losing control of their vehicle.
Left turns. Drivers often misjudge distance or right of way at intersections, leaving motorcyclists at greater risk of injury or death when crossing through intersections.
Inexperienced Drivers. New drivers are more likely to make unsafe maneuvers on the roads, endangering other drivers or seriously injuring themselves.
Manufacturer Defects. Poorly designed motorcycle parts can increase the risk of motorcycle journeys, and the manufacturers can be held accountable.
Call 1-800-811-3555 to learn more about filing a motorcycle accident claim.
What Are The Most Common Motorcyle Injuries?
Any injury that is the result of a motorcycle accident can be debilitating. It is crucial that anyone involved in an accident seeks medical attention immediately, regardless of how minor the injury may seem at the time.
The most common motorcycle injuries include:
Torn ligaments or tendons;
Spinal cord injuries;
Concussion and Tramatic Brain Injuries (TBI);
Am I At Fault If I Wasn’t Wearing a Helmet?
In BC, the law requires motorcycle operators and passengers to wear an approved helmet when operating their vehicle.
However, if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, you still have a right to sue for compensation.
Our experienced motorcyle accident lawyers can address allegations of contributory negligence with ICBC or the insurance company and will fight for the compensation that you deserve.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, it is in your best interest to start your claim as soon as possible.
In British Columbia, there is a 2-year statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim, but the sooner you start your claim, the sooner we can collect evidence and value your claim. Our goal at Fabris Law is to get you the help you need while recovering, and the compensation you deserve once your recovery is complete.
Call 1-800-811-3555 to get prompt legal advice, before your claim limitation period ends.
How Will Hiring a Motorcyle Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Motorcycle accident victims face many challenges after an incident—from medical bills to navigating the insurance company’s complicated systems.
ICBC and other insurance companies should account for your losses, but it is in their best interest to minimize your injuries to reduce the amount they need to pay.
Our job at Fabris McIver Hornquist & Radcliffe is to help protect you.
The Fabris Law approach is to successfully prove the facts in your case. Our experienced team of motorcyle accident lawyers know how to conduct a thorough and prompt investigation, making sure that every detail is accounted for and properly documented in your case.
In fact, the moment you become our client, we work with you to gather crucial information to support your case. Our investigation can include photographs of the accident scene and vehicles involved, eyewitness statements, and securing police and medical reports.
We work with your unique situation to build a solid case to present to the insurance company on your behalf. Our evidence outlines the nature of your injuries and damages, the impact the accident has made to your daily life, the health and occupational problems you will likely face in the future, and demand the maximum compensation to cover your losses.
Speak To A Nanaimo Motorcyle Accident Lawyer Now
Our proven approach has helped personal injury victims like you for over 40 years.
We know how to represent your interests properly, what information the insurance company needs to evaluate your claim, and how to efficiently make your claim getting the compensation you deserve.
While we cannot take away your pain, we can help you focus on healing by handling the burden of your personal injury claim.
We would be pleased to meet with you at our office, your health care facility, or your home. Your first consultation is free—you are not obligated to hire us. You do not pay upfront fees unless we accept your case and win.
Call our Nanaimo motorcycle accident lawyers today at 1-800-811-3555.