Even in the safest city
Vancouver has the lowest number of crashes involving cyclists by far, with less than one crash per 100,000 cycling trips. But that doesn’t mean accidents don’t happen.
In 2016, there were over 2,100 accidents involving cyclists across British Columbia.
CYCLING ACCIDENTS (2016)
"Cyclists shouldn’t have to accept that it’s normal to have so many accidents happening on an annual basis. Accidents affect our lives in ways that are unimaginable, which no sum of money can equate to."
As cyclists ourselves, we have a personal stake in the matter and are providing advocacy and support for cyclists - when you need it the most.
We Represent Cyclists
because we're cyclists too.
icbc personal injury claims
As cyclists, we understand that being active is a big part of your life. If you’ve been injured by a vehicle while cycling, Helpforme is here on your behalf to help you be stronger.
In addition to your injury claim, ICBC is responsible for:
If you’ve been hurt, call and let us know what’s happened. We know how to deal with ICBC and the unique circumstances around cycling accidents. We’ll advise you if there are any time limits that could affect your case. Get help when you need it most.
3 things to do
if you are in an accident
Get All The Details
First, make sure that you get the license plate and driver details of the vehicle involved in the crash. It is also a good idea to get the personal information of any witnesses and if possible take photos of the scene. If you’ve been hurt and gathering details is the furthest thing from your mind, we can work with what you’ve got. We’ll figure it out together.
See Your Doctor & Call helpforme
It’s time to take care of yourself. Depending on the severity of your accident, see your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately for medical attention. Once you’ve been cared for, contact Helpforme. We’ll support you through the claim process and help with any ongoing medical assessments and additional assistance you need to heal.
Report Your Claim with our advice
Call ICBC directly to report your claim. Make sure you have all your details ready for the call. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’re dedicated to ensuring you have the most hassle-free experience with ICBC with as little stress as possible.
The Government has passed legislation capping ICBC payouts at $5,500 for pain and suffering due to a minor soft tissue injury from a car accident, affecting injuries sustained from April 1, 2019.
If you've been injured in an accident, your claim will be governed by the existing rules and the caps will not apply to your case. Helpforme can work with you to put a strategy in place. We will advise you through the process, be completely transparent, and together we'll work to your greatest advantage.
Helpforme supports cyclists
Cyclist - 45 Years
Derek is a true cycling phenom. At 45 years of age he has competed in numerous cycling events and stage races around the globe. He is one of the strongest riders we know and has an incredibly positive attitude. His passion for riding is contagious.
Derek was cycling with his club travelling northeast along SW Marine Drive approaching Angus. While occupying the bike lane, an oncoming motorist made a left hand turn. The motorist had been waived through by a driver who was at a standstill in traffic backed up along SW Marine Drive. The left turning vehicle proceeded directly into Derek’s lane of travel resulting in a collision. Derek was fortunate. Although his $15,000 racing bike was destroyed and he suffered a shoulder dislocation, he was otherwise okay.
How We Changed the Outcome
When Derek contacted us for legal advice we assured him that his bicycle would be paid for by the offending motorist and furthermore, he would be entitled to compensation for his injured shoulder. In the process of representing Derek, we scheduled him for a consultation with the Alan McGavin Joint Preservation Clinic at UBC.
In defending the claim, ICBC alleged Derek was partly to blame for the accident. Since southbound traffic was backed up along SW Marine Drive, they argued that Derek – as a southbound cyclist – had a responsibility to watch for left turning vehicles. Given Derek was occupying the bike lane along Marine Drive we successfully argued that ICBC’s defence was completely without merit, unwilling to accept even a minor reduction in Derek’s claim entitlement.
Back in the Bike Saddle
Within a short time after the accident Derek returned to training. We were extremely pleased that after his accident we could help him get full compensation for his bike and for injuries. We took great pride in playing a role in Derek’s rehabilitation and return to the roads.
Cyclist - 40 Years
Prior to his collision Leo was in excellent health and extremely active. He worked full time as a senior software developer and was an avid cyclist. He regularly worked out at the gym and also participated in ultimate Frisbee and soccer. He and his wife were busy raising three kids together, she being a full time homemaker and he the sole breadwinner for their family.
Leo is a cycle commuter and had just dropped his youngest child off at school. On his way to work, towing his now empty child-carrier bike trailer behind him, a motorist failed to yield to him on a mini-traffic circle on a designated bicycle route. The motorist struck the empty bike trailer causing Leo’s bike to tip and throwing him to the ground. Even though Leo was wearing a helmet, he sustained a concussion and was transported by ground ambulance to hospital where he had x-rays and a CT scan of his head. He was left experiencing shoulder pain, a sore neck, on/off tearfulness, fatigue, headaches and increased irritability. Although his physical injuries resolved within about 9 months, his post-concussive psychological injuries continued to have profound impacts on his home and work relationships, ultimately thwarting his prospects for promotion at work.
How We Helped
ICBC denied their motorist was at fault for the collision. However, during cross-examination of the Defendant motorist during legal proceedings, it became apparent that their position of denial wasn’t tenable. We gave Leo the financial security to allow him to continue with psychological treatment to help with the anxiety and emotional consequences of the accident, as well as the financial means to allow him to spend quality time with his family. Leo did not take time away from work after his motor vehicle collision, in part because his family could not do without his income. We obtained a significant settlement for Leo. He and his family can now look forward to a holiday which would not otherwise have been possible.
After The Accident
Leo’s bike is just in for a tune-up and he is back to riding – the cognitive behavioral psychological treatment that we funded for him has given him the tools to allow Leo to ‘get back on the horse’ and return to cycling. He has some residual reservations about his vulnerability while on his bike, but he’s able to commute normally. He says he will always be vigilant about vehicles at cross-streets fully coming to a stop and/or making eye-contact so as to satisfy himself that he won’t be hit again. Leo was delighted with the result we achieved for him and is enjoying his bicycling again, as well as enjoying the freedom to be able to spend some additional quality time with his family.
How we can help you.
Personal Injury Claims
Helpforme does more than just champion your rights, we work towards getting the best possible results. We deal with insurance companies, cut through red tape, secure income replacement and disability benefits, and arrange for the medical care and therapy you need to heal. Our goal is to help you focus on your recovery, while we work hard to ensure the best possible outcome for your future.
Your policy was intended to give you peace of mind so when the insurance company fails to keep up their end of the bargain, it can be stressful. Helpforme will protect your rights and convince your insurer to put you first. We will support you to overcome any obstacles that come your way.
Disputes over Wills, Estates and Trusts are delicate matters, often occurring at an already emotional time in your life. Helpforme can support you through the process with both skill and sensitivity. We’ll be by your side, while expertly navigating you through your matter.
When you buy products, you assume they’re safe. If you suffer due to a defective product or an inadequate warning on a label, Helpforme will work to establish who is at legal fault. We’ll handle the process to get you the resolution you deserve and will partner with you to hold those at fault accountable.
Helpforme is a service of Hammerberg Lawyers LLP. Hammerberg is one of British Columbia’s most vibrant, well-respected law firms, and largest groups of personal injury lawyers. We are committed to providing knowledgeable and dedicated lawyers who demonstrate first-hand their commitment to you. Your wellbeing is the focal point of our service to you.