Cycling has always been a popular recreational activity in B.C. However, in recent years more and more people are turning to their bicycles as part of their daily commute. Municipalities have tried to encourage this by implementing more bike lanes and other bicycle-focussed traffic control systems.
Sadly, each year in B.C. there are thousands of collisions involving cyclists. Because cyclists are far more exposed to risk of injury than most motorists are, these collisions can result in very serious injuries that can lead to significant pain and suffering, expensive treatments and lost wages from time while the cyclist misses work to recover.
While many of the steps that need to be taken after a bicycle accident are similar to those taken after a car accident, there are certain steps that are unique to bicycle accidents. For example, a cyclist’s helmet, gear and bicycle may need to be photographed and preserved and data from the scene of the collision may need to be obtained.
When dealing with ICBC, it is important to remember that ICBC is probably also acting for the other driver who caused the accident. In that capacity, ICBC is probably working to limit the amount of compensation that you should receive.
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