pedestrians don't always know the rules of the road. Helpforme does.
the greater the impact, the more help you'll need.
The injuries of a pedestrian who gets hit by a car are rarely minor. Generally, they’re catastrophic – from fractured shoulders to spinal cord and brain injuries. Medical bills, rehabilitation, loss of income and other expenses can be exorbitant. This gives insurers strong motivation to deny liability or, at the very least, attempt to delay settlement or place some of the fault on the pedestrian. That’s where we come in.
Jaywalking, talking on your cell and other issues that can be overcome
The general public doesn’t know all the rules of crossing the road. Where you can and can’t cross a street, the details surrounding the accident – from lighting to eyesight – can be key to proving a pedestrian was not at fault. Our team knows the rules.
ICBC may deny liability for many reasons. For instance, a lot of pedestrians take risks. They jaywalk. They run against a red light. Or they simply don’t pay attention. Regardless of how ICBC evaluates your situation, we know all the facts have to be considered. Behaviour needs to be taken in context, and each case has its own unique set of circumstances.
Helpforme lawyers know the importance of evidence.
With some of the province’s top engineering and investigative experts, Helpforme ensures all the facts are collected – accurately and irrefutably. With credible facts in hand, we then pore through laws, some little known, to comprehensively build your case.
The types of pedestrian accidents we've helped.
Accidents involving pedestrians at intersections happen all too often. We’ll establish who is at fault and go after what you deserve.
Crosswalks are meant to keep pedestrians safe, but negligent drivers make that impossible. We’re here to ensure you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
This is an umbrella term for speeding and other reckless behaviours. If you’ve been hurt, you should have a powerful team to pursue the financial settlement you deserve.
You shouldn’t pay for a driver’s negligence. When a vehicle backs up and hits you, our team of experts will build a strong case for you.
A vehicle that careens off the road and into a pedestrian can cause catastrophic injuries. We help you get the resources and finances in place to regain your life.
Get the practical help and resources
you need in place when you need them.
Pedestrian injuries typically cause trauma to the neck, shoulders, and legs. Often they require surgery and some post-op therapies. The ultimate goal is to get you the money you need to regain your life. But, your immediate wellbeing matters every bit as much. Chiropractors, occupational therapists, wheelchairs, scooters, home and child care – Helpforme is setup to get you what you need, when you need it, and can sometimes arrange to cover the costs until your case is settled. We’re here for you too, keeping you abreast of developments every step of the way. When it comes to fighting for your rights and your recovery, it’s a responsibility we take personally—we do whatever we can to help you.
Pedestrian safety tips
In BC, 76% of crashes involving pedestrians happen at intersections.
Be careful at intersections
Intersections are high-risk spots for pedestrians, so be very alert. Watch for drivers turning left or right. Sometimes they’re so focused on oncoming traffic that they aren’t paying attention to you.
Make sure drivers see you. Wear reflective clothing if you’re out at night. We even suggest clipping a reflective or flashing light onto your clothes. Choose well-lit areas to cross streets. Make eye contact with drivers so that you’re certain they see you.
Don’t take risks by walking on the road. If there’s no sidewalk nearby and you don’t have a choice, then walk as close as you can to the curb and face traffic.
Don’t rely solely on traffic signals
Though we suggest you follow pedestrian signs, we also suggest that you still look around before crossing the street. Just because you’re following the rules doesn’t mean others are.
DON'T BE DISTRACTED
Don’t talk on the phone or text while crossing streets. Don’t wear headphones either. Our surroundings provide important audio cues that can keep you safe.