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Motorcycle Safety – Spring has Sprung!

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Spring is in the air.

Great news if you’ve been hunkered down all winter.

But not such good news if you ride a motorcycle on the streets of Vancouver.


According to ICBC upwards of 2,200 motorcycle crashes happen in Vancouver every year.

And a big chunk of those take place during Spring when other drivers aren’t properly prepared for the influx of motorcyclists coming out of hibernation.

So it’s no wonder that Police are asking motorists to take extra care over the coming weeks.

Now really, drivers shouldn’t need to be reminded to look out for motorcyclists.

But whether it’s because they don’t see them or simply don’t respect their rights, negligent drivers cause thousands of motorcycle accidents every year.

Frightening? You bet!

Especially when the slightest nudge can result in serious injury to a motorcyclist.

You see when you’re driving a car/truck/SUV etc. you’re nicely cocooned in a steel reinforced cage. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, are a lot more exposed.

It’s no wonder that Vancouver bikers are eight times more likely to be killed than motorists when they get into a crash.

Those risks are simply unacceptable. And that’s why I want to draw your attention to the Vancouver Police Departments motorcycle safety campaign.

The reality, however, is that motorcycle accidents on the streets of Vancouver are inevitable.

So if you’re a motorcycle rider you need to be prepared for the worst.

Sadly, there’s a bias out there against motorcyclists when it comes to ICBC injury claims.

The question of fault is often contentious. And getting compensated for your injuries is often easier said than done.

The bottom line is that Vancouver motorcyclists need to understand that proving the other driver was at fault is their responsibility and that failure to do so could impact their ability to get fairly compensated.

So do your homework. You’ll find a wealth of advice on everything from motorcycle safety to compensation claims at our website’s dedicated motorcycle section.

But everyone’s different, so if you have any questions call me at 604-255-9018 or e-mail me at [email protected] .





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