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Vancouver Cyclists – Do You Need to be Struck in Order to Have an Injury Claim?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

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4/2/2014
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Vancouver cyclist?

Hurt in a bike accident?

If you were hit by a car while riding your bike you probably already know that you may be able to seek compensation for injuries.

But what if you weren’t “ACTUALLY” hit?

What happens then?

Many people seem to think that there has to be physical contact between a cyclist/bike and a car for the driver of the car to be held responsible.

Wrong!

A cyclist may still be entitled to compensation even when there wasn’t physical contact between a vehicle and their bike/the cyclist.

The key concept here is negligence (i.e. did the driver do something to cause or contribute to the bike accident).

Did a motorist (who was more interested in reading their texts than watching the road suddenly swerve and force you off the road?

Were you forced to take evasive action and hit a parked car after a driver who forgot to shoulder check cut you off?

Here’s the thing. Just because your bike accident didn’t involve direct contact with another vehicle doesn’t make it any less dangerous.

In fact, the injuries that a cyclist can suffer from hitting a stop sign or telephone pole are often more serious.

Whatever your story, if you can PROVE that someone else was at fault for your bike accident, even though there was no direct contact; you may have a legitimate injury claim.

But don’t forget to have a successful ICBC injury claim you’ll need to be able to PROVE that the motorist was at fault.

And that can be tricky.

Want to find out more?

Call me at 604-255-9018 or drop me a line at [email protected]



Category: Bicycle Accidents


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