Summertime gets us all out of doors and enjoying the fine weather. We're walking, running, biking, rollerblading and even skateboarding on the streets where we normally would drive. Inevitably, there will be collisions with motor vehicles. Sadly, there will be injuries. But did you know that the same no-fault insurance benefits available through ICBC to drivers when they are injured in motor vehicle accidents are also available to pedestrians, cyclists, and other non-vehicular users of the road?
If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident, bicycle accident or pedestrian accident, your doctor has likely advised you to attend physical therapy for rehabilitation of your injuries. However, the competing demands of work, school and family responsibilities can make it difficult to find time to attend physiotherapy, massage therapy and/or chiropractic appointments. If you've suffered a back injury, neck injury or other soft tissue injury, you may also be feeling stiff, sore and fatigued - the last thing you want to do is head to the gym for a strength and stretching session. However, a recent decision of the BC Supreme Court demonstrates the importance of following your doctor's advice when it comes to post-accident physical therapy.
A tragic story about a hit and run pedestrian accident reported in the February 18, 2015 edition of the North Shore News provides important lessons for both drivers and pedestrians.
Traffic accidents are commonplace on Vancouver's busy streets. When we venture out upon the roads, we assume that if we are in a car accident, bicycle accident or pedestrian accident for which we are not at fault, the at-fault driver will have ICBC insurance coverage which will pay our claims for pain and suffering, income loss and other expenses. But will they?