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Vancouver Bikes vs. Vancouver Bridges

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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I’ve written a lot about cycling over the past couple of weeks.

For good reason.

Cyclists are amongst our most vulnerable of road users.

We’re supposed to share our streets with them. But often they get a bum deal.  Especially when it comes to safety.

That’s why it’s great to hear that our streets have become safer for cyclists.

In fact, HUB executive director Erin O’Melinn’s recent Georgia Straight interview, seems to suggest that Vancouver’s streets have never been safer. And that we’re leading the way in connecting bike routes across Canada.http://www.straight.com/news/601501/hub-pushes-cycling-network-across-metro-vancouver-region

HUB does great work. So, I’m delighted to see the progress they’re making.

But, as the interview points out, we’re still a long way from have “truly safe streets. Indeed it mentions a number of accident hotspots – many of them bridges – where cyclists have been injured or worse yet killed in car accidents.

Bridges present a number of significant safety concerns to cyclists.

And… guess what?

The entire Greater Vancouver Area is connected by bridges.

That means that bikes and bridges mix on a regular basis. So, inevitably accidents happen. And when they do, ICBC almost always contests fault.

I’ve seen a bunch of these types of cases. And they almost always involve conflicting allegations.

Who moved into who’s path?

Who cut who off?

These types of crucial questions crop up all the time.

As a cyclist it’s important that you know what to do in the event of a bridge accident. Otherwise, kiss goodbye to any hope of getting compensated.

Gathering evidence is key. You need to get witnesses interviewed, properly photograph/diagram the accident scene and keep/preserve your bike in its damaged state (that’s just the tip of the iceberg re detective work).

The bottom line?  The better your evidence, the better your chance of proving who’s at fault.

Hurt in a bicycle crash on a Vancouver bridge? Get moving. Evidence disappears  quickly.

Need advice concerning your Vancouver bicycle accident? Call me.

Jeff Witten






Category: Bicycle Accidents

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