Q: I was injured in a Vancouver bike accident while vacationing in British Columbia. What should I do?
Finding an experienced Vancouver bicycle accident attorney can be challenging enough, even if you are a Vancouver native with lots of local support. However, if you are a foreign national or Canadian who hails from a different province and you got hurt while visiting, you face extra challenges.
Whether you are a foreign student who got hit by a vehicle while biking across campus or a wilderness tourist who suffered serious injuries while traversing a national park, the following tips can help you manage the aftermath of your Vancouver bike accident more effectively:
- Document, document, document. If you are still at or near the scene of the crash, take pictures and collect witness statements. Use your cell phone camera, if you have one. If you are too injured or bedazzled to document, ask a friend or witness to help you. Likewise, keep all relevant documentation you collect from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), any doctor or hospitals you visit, and any insurance company representative.
- Avoid assuming that you know what caused the crash and who is to blame. Many apparently simple accidents are not what they seem to be. For instance, the driver who hit you may have claimed that his brakes failed, but in reality, he may have been under the influence of alcohol or texting while driving. Do not assume; instead, work from facts.
- Even if you did some things wrong, seek legal help. Maybe you forgot to wear a helmet. Maybe you biked off road in an area that clearly had been cordoned off. Maybe you darted in front of traffic without looking. However, just because you behaved carelessly does not mean that you have no legal rights or that you cannot get fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
To schedule a free consultation with a Vancouver bicycle accident attorney at McComb Witten, please call 604-255-9018. Our staff is multilingual and we may be able to help you—even if you are thousands of miles away. Also, please take a look at our free report, Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim, which provides key insights into the ICBC. Download it now.