Surrey pedestrian accident victims can make ICBC claims

This article looks at pedestrian fatalities in the Lower Mainland and what claims pedestrians can pursue.

The streets of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland can be rather dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. In fact, according to a report by the B.C. Coroners Service, the five cities that saw the most fatal pedestrian accidents in British Columbia between 2010 and 2016 were all located in the Lower Mainland. Unfortunately, many pedestrians who are involved in a motor vehicle accident are often unaware of what rights they have in terms of pursuing claims. That uncertainty is particularly difficult on pedestrians who are much more likely to suffer serious injuries than other types of accident victims.

Pedestrian deaths in the Lower Mainland

The B.C. Coroners Service report shows that the cities of Vancouver and Surrey are by far the leaders when it comes to pedestrian fatalities in B.C. Between January 2010 and October 2016 Vancouver had 64 pedestrian deaths, which was 16 percent of all pedestrian deaths in the province. Surrey, meanwhile, had 50 pedestrian deaths, accounting for 13 percent of total pedestrian fatalities. Abbotsford, Richmond, and Burnaby rounded out the top five deadliest cities for pedestrians in the province.

Furthermore, as Business in Vancouver points out, the Metro Vancouver area has the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the country, with a pedestrian death rate double that of Toronto's. The relatively high number of pedestrian accidents in Vancouver is likely due to a combination of milder temperatures, which means more pedestrians are out on the streets for longer, and rainier weather, which reduces visibility, especially in the winter months.

Claiming ICBC benefits

Obviously, when a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle then they are more likely to suffer serious injuries than somebody protected within a vehicle would. That means that pedestrian accident victims are also more likely to require ongoing medical treatment while also needing to take time off work. However, many pedestrian accident victims are unsure about whether they have a right to pursue ICBC claims, especially if they do not have an insured vehicle themselves.

The good news is that in most cases pedestrian accident victims are able to make a "no fault" or Part 7 claim through ICBC. Such claims cover pedestrians and cyclists who are struck by a vehicle, including in hit and run accidents. Part 7 benefits can cover such things as medical and rehabilitation costs as well as lost wages.

Making a claim

Unfortunately, making a Part 7 claim is not always easy or straightforward. There are strict deadlines that must be adhered to when filing a claim. Furthermore, many pedestrian accident victims have little or no experience dealing with ICBC, which can make the claims process all the more intimidating and confusing. That's why such accident victims should get in touch with a personal injury lawyer for help. A lawyer will help victims understand what claims they are able to file and how they can most effectively pursue compensation.