ICBCs move to no-fault style insurance could be especially harmful to cyclists: lawyer


B.C. trial lawyers are continuing to sound the alarm over ICBC’s move to a no-fault style insurance system, with one lawyer saying the change could be especially harmful to cyclists.

Joel Zanatta, a Vancouver personal injury lawyer who cycles to and from work every day, says the new system would prevent crash victims from seeking appropriate compensation beyond medical coverage, with income loss protection, in particular, getting capped.

“Cyclists are often much more seriously injured as a consequence of negligent motorists,” he said Sunday.

“Under the old system … you’re entitled to be put in the same position before the accident occurred,” he explained. “Under this new no-fault system, you get what ICBC tells you you’re entitled to.”

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