Speeding, aggressive driving, impaired driving and distracted driving are often the causes of pedestrian accidents. Distracted driving is the second-highest cause of fatal accidents in BC, responsible for an average of 88 fatalities in the province each year.
Careless and negligent drivers cause the majority of pedestrian accident injuries by failing to be vigilant in low visibility driving conditions, or by failing to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. BC’s rainy season also impacts the frequency of pedestrian injuries as when shorter days and wet conditions create poor visibility. ICBC statistics show the number of pedestrians hurt in crashes almost doubles from October to January.
Pedestrian injuries are seldom minor and can range from fractured shoulders, to catastrophic spinal cord and brain injuries, to hit-and-run fatalities. We’re one of BC’s largest groups of Personal Injury lawyers for a reason – we care deeply about the injured clients and families we represent. If you have been struck by a negligent driver, or if you have lost a loved one in a car-pedestrian accident, Hammerberg’s pedestrian accident lawyers have over 30 years of experience representing clients and families throughout British Columbia in pedestrian injury or wrongful death claims.
Our legal team has access to BC’s top accident reconstruction engineers and investigative experts. We employ civil, mechanical, or biomechanical engineers to analyze your accident. Together with these experts, Hammerberg’s legal team will build a strong case to obtain the maximum compensation possible for you.
We are trial lawyers and in our experience, your interests are best served if we prepare your case as if it were going to court. This approach enables us to achieve the best possible results in either settlement discussions, or at trial. We are committed to client service excellence and exceptional legal work, and we welcome you to read our Testimonials & Results section and our Google Reviews.
Our lawyers and staff genuinely want to make a positive difference in the lives of our injured clients. We are informal, relaxed and empathetic in our approach to client care, yet formidable litigators in a courtroom.
Our role is to be your advocate and to be involved at every step. For our injured clients, we monitor your progress closely, including coordinating access to medical equipment, occupational therapists, and programs to promote your financial, social, physical and emotional well-being.
We deal with insurance companies, assist in securing your income replacement and disability benefits, and arrange for your medical care and therapy until your claim has settled, so you can focus on your recovery and move forward with confidence.
For the families we represent in wrongful death suits, we will investigate all the facts, determine fault, and make the at-fault driver accountable. We will stand by you every step of the way and pursue the maximum compensation possible for you. While we understand that no amount of compensation can ease your grief, filing a wrongful death claim can help restore your sense of justice.
In British Columbia, you have two years from the date of the accident to commence legal proceedings, or your claim will be barred.
Injuries, and their resulting effects on work, social and recreational activities, can worsen over time – it’s important to know your rights and the strict time limits that apply.
Hammerberg’s pedestrian accident injury lawyers represent you on a contingency fee basis, so you do not pay legal fees until your claim is resolved positively.
You do not have to live nearby to access our services. Our lawyers can travel to you from the outset. We offer a free no-obligation in person meeting before you hire us so you can best determine what we can offer you. We put your needs first and will meet with you, your family and your doctors, as needed.
Liability for a pedestrian accident depends on the facts of the case and who was at fault – whether the fault lies with the driver or is shared between the driver and the pedestrian. Not only can impaired drivers be found at fault, sometimes the fault can lie with impaired pedestrians.
In motor vehicle-pedestrian accidents, both the pedestrian and the driver are obligated to obey the rules of the road and take reasonable steps to avoid collisions, which is why sometimes fault in a pedestrian accident is shared.
The onus of responsibility is on drivers is to exercise caution, particularly near bus stops, and to yield when pedestrians are utilizing designated crosswalks. Drivers are at fault if they fail to stop completely at a stop sign or traffic light and/or make an unsafe turn causing an accident that injures or kills a pedestrian.
It is the responsibility of pedestrians to follow traffic controls, such as stopping at a marked or unmarked crosswalk and to obey crosswalk signals. According to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA), pedestrians must not leave a curb or other place of safety and walk into the path of a vehicle that is so close it is impracticable for the driver to yield. Where there is no crosswalk, pedestrians must yield the right of way to a vehicle. The MVA also imposes an obligation on pedestrians to look out for their own safety.
If you are a pedestrian who has been struck and injured by any kind of vehicle (car, motorcycle or bicycle), or if a loved one has been killed by the negligent actions of a motorist, contact us immediately. Hammerberg’s pedestrian accident lawyers can help you obtain the justice and compensation you rightly deserve.