Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
As a recent victim of a Vancouver bike accident, your whole body tenses up and you experience a wash of unpleasant emotions when you recall the scary details.
Maybe a truck driver forced you off the road into a copse of trees. Or perhaps your bike lost traction on loose gravel and you pedaled through a busy intersection and got struck by a vehicle.
In your mind, what happened was crystal clear. Another driver failed to see you and slow down.
But then again, maybe your narrative is wrong.
Perhaps the driver who hit you hydroplaned because his automatic breaking system malfunctioned during a critical moment. Or maybe the intersection light blew out and created uncertainty at the traffic light, precipitating the crash.
Perhaps a negligent mechanic failed to properly tune the brakes of the car that hit you, in which case both the mechanic and the driver could be sued for negligence.
If you fail to explore the full truth about your crash, then your pursuit for justice and compensation might just fail—even if you're hurt badly and someone else's carelessness clearly contributed to what happened.
The human mind is a funny thing. Our minds love to tell us stories about how things were or how they ought to have been. But the disconnect between the stories that we tell ourselves and actual reality (as a video camera might record) can be a wide gap.
The moral is simple. You need to be unafraid to challenge your own narrative about the bicycle accident and you need powerful, experienced legal help to understand what to do (and what not to do) to build the most certain case.
Get in touch with the McComb Witten team today to maximize your outcome and minimize mistakes and frustration.
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