ICBC Claim – What happens if you are injured and partially at fault for a motor vehicle accident?

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, your compensation may be reduced if you are partially at fault for the collision. In British Columbia, the Negligence Act states that each party is responsible for compensation in proportion to his/her degree of fault for the motor vehicle accident and injuries that are caused by…

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Can ICBC Deny Your Claim For Not Wearing a Seatbelt?

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident that was not your fault, ICBC cannot outright deny your claim for not wearing your seatbelt, but ICBC can argue that you were contributorily negligent by relying on a seatbelt defence. Contributory negligence is a legal defence that ICBC uses to reduce an injured claimant’s compensation.…

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Running Pedestrian with Hoody and Headphones 80% to Blame for Injuries

The Supreme Court found this running pedestrian, wearing a dark hoody with headphones 80% at fault for an accident resulting in her injury. The pedestrian appealed the finding that he was 80% at to blame for the accident.(Vandendorpel v. Evoy,2018 BCCA 442) The accident occurred at the intersection of Mount View Avenue and Sooke Road…

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ICBC Blames Officer for getting Run Over by Shoplifter But Judge Disagrees

In this bizarre personal injury case a security guard was run over and injured by a fleeing vehicle after a shoplifter stole a pair of sunglasses. ICBC then tried to blame the security guard for being contributorily negligent.(MacKenzie v. John Doe,2018 BCSC 104) The security guard approached the shiplifter’s passenger side and opened the door, saying “store security”.  He…

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Killed by Drunk Boyfriend but 20% at Fault for being Passenger

The claimants’ 26 year old daughter was killed in a horrific single car accident, when she was a passenger in a car driven by her live-in boyfriend, the defendant.  The boyfriend had been smoking marijuana, consuming a great deal of alcohol and driving with extreme recklessness. This claim was brought by the family under the Family Compensation…

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Drunk Pedestrian Looking for a Fight Only 40% at Fault for Being Run Over

This intoxicated pedestrian, Mr. Joel Robert Michael Ackley, made fun of a driver’s dreadlocks and removed his shirt while waiting for the driver to emerge from the Subway (Ackley v. Audette,2015 BCSC 1272). As the driver tried to leave the parking lot Mr. Ackley tried to prevent him from getting into his car. When the driver got into his…

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Egg Throwing and Alcohol not to Blame for Car Accident Injuries

    The ICBC personal injury appellant was sitting in the back of a vehicle when it overturned at high speed along with other teenage passengers. The teenagers were drinking alcohol in the back of the car and planning to throw eggs at pedestrians .  After the car crash the appellant made no complaints of headaches, neck…

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ICBC Adjuster Loses Video of Left Turn Crash

The personal injury claimant was driving his Porsche Cayenne and entered the intersection of 203rd Street and Logan Avenue in Langley, BC on a yellow light. Another driver turning left failed to see the claimant and turned in front of him causing the accident. A witness videotaped the entire car accident and forwarded the recording to the investigating RCMP…

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