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Car Accidents

ICBC & car accident lawyers In Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Kelowna, BC

In British Columbia, there is an average of 260,000 car accidents reported each year, resulting in approximately 59,000 personal injuries and hundreds of fatalities on B.C roads. The top cities for car crashes are Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Langley, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, and Victoria.

The moments after a car accident are full of shock and disbelief. Even seemingly insignificant crashes create strong emotions and anxiety. When car accidents end in serious injuries, they result in a series of events that can create long lasting changes in the person’s life. After a car accident, thoughts turn to every day realities such as one’s employment or relationships. If injuries are serious, it may be impossible for the injured person to return to work or find time to fulfill one’s responsibility towards his or her family.

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, whether it is caused by our own negligence or that of another driver. Factors associated with a car accident include:

  • Driving too fast or too slow
  • A driver is under the influence of alcohol (26% of car accident cases) or drugs (6% of car accident cases)
  • Distracted driving (i.e., using a cell phone)
  • Driver failed to stop at traffic lights or a stop sign
  • Failure to signal when taking a left or right turn
  • Driver making a wrong U-turn
  • Improperly maintained roads

Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can cause any number of different injuries, to virtually any part of your body, depending on the circumstances of the crash and the severity of the impact. The most common car accident injuries include:

Brain and Head Injuries – In a car accident, one of the most common injuries suffered by drivers and passengers is a closed head injury, which can range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even when there is no physical sign of trauma (i.e. cuts or bruises), the brain is at risk of being jostled inside the skull because of the impact of a car crash, so that bruising and other injuries can result.

Neck Injuries – Another common form of injury from a car accident is neck injuries, which can occur in more mild forms such as whiplash and neck strain, but also as more serious injuries like cervical radiculopathy and disc injury.

Back Injuries – The impact of a car accident and the resulting torque on the bodies of drivers and passengers can cause back injuries such as a sprain, strain, fracture, disc injury, thoracic spine injury, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spine injury. Like neck injuries, sometimes the symptoms of even the most serious back injuries can take some time to show up after an accident, and just as often a back injury can cause lasting pain and discomfort.

Facial Injuries – In a car accident, injuries to the face can be caused by almost anything – including a steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, windshield, side window, car seats or shattered glass. These injuries range in severity from scrapes and bruises, to laceration and fractures, even Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ) and serious dental injuries.

Psychological Injuries – Injuries caused by car accidents aren’t limited to the physical. Especially after serious car accidents involving severe injuries and even loss of life, drivers and passengers may suffer short or long-term psychological injuries such as emotional distress, and may even develop conditions that closely resemble post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD after a car accident.

It is important to obtain an experienced car accident lawyer who can successfully guide you through your car accident claim. The road to recovery can be uncertain but with the right legal team, you can receive the compensation you deserve.

Our skilled, dedicated and passionate team of legal professionals are ready to take on your motor vehicle accident claim. The lawyers at Filkow Law work collaboratively with each other and our client to deliver exceptional results.