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Monday, March 31, 2014

When Should I Accept an ICBC Settlement Offer?

One of the most important decisions you will make regarding your ICBC auto accident claim is when to settle. The answer to this question will depend on the specific facts involved in your claim. Remember, ICBC will attempt to settle your claim as soon as possible after your car accident, because it saves administrative costs for them to close files quickly. Additionally, since initial settlement offers are always low, the earlier you settle your claim, the less money ICBC has to part with.

Once you settle an ICBC claim, you are not entitled to further compensation from ICBC for your injuries. Part of your settlement involves signing a final Release that will end your entitlement to future compensation for your claim. This means that if your injuries end up being more serious than you thought when you first accepted the settlement, it is unlikely you will be able to re-open your claim.

If you want to settle before you have fully recovered from your injuries, you should only do so if ICBC agrees to pay you for future anticipated costs associated with your injuries. Unfortunately, unless an attorney is involved, ICBC will rarely pay out future costs in a claim. This is why it is essential to have an experienced British Columbia auto accident attorney on your side while you are negotiating your settlement with ICBC.

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident anywhere in British Columbia, make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Please contact Stephens & Holman today or call toll free (866) 200-3575 for free advice on your car accident injury claim. We represent injured accident victims in Vancouver, Delta, Langley, Surrey, and throughout British Columbia.  

posted by Admin at 11:27 AM

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Six Injured in Vancouver Bus Accident

On Monday morning, a minibus carrying six passengers turned into a Walmart parking lot, where it proceeded to accelerate, strike several parked cars, fly over an embankment, and finally crash into the wall of a local movie props store. All six people, including the driver, were sent to the hospital.

According to authorities, the bus was in the process of picking up passengers when it began to accelerate at high rate of speed. The minibus then crashed into a hedge, smashing into several parked cars on the road, and careened over a steep embankment. The bus went airborne over the embankment and finally embedded itself into the wall of Filmgo Sales.

At the time, the bus was contracted out by a community group. Police are currently investigating whether the Vancouver bus accident was the result of driver error, or a mechanical failure. The bus itself is being sent in for mechanical testing.

Bus accident cases can potentially involve multiple parties. If you  have been seriously injured in a Vancouver bus accident, you may have a claim against the driver, the bus company, the bus's maintenance personnel, or even auto parts manufacturers. Our experienced Vancouver accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman can help you fully investigate your bus accident to identify every liable party, and uncover the evidence you need to hold them accountable for your losses.

Please contact Stephens & Holman today or call toll free (866) 200-3575 for free advice on your bus accident injury claim. We represent injured accident victims in Vancouver, Delta, Langley, Surrey, and throughout British Columbia.  

posted by Admin at 10:40 AM

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