When an American family planned their trip to British Columbia, they could not have anticipated the tragedy that awaited them. Their lives were changed forever when the driver of a charter bus in Vancouver lost control of his vehicle. To make matters worse, pursuing recovery of damages will be complicated because it involves cross-border personal injury laws and insurance companies of both Canada and the United States.
According to an accident report, members of the family were standing around a vehicle that was parked on a busy waterfront street when a charter bus crashed into that vehicle and some pedestrians. The reason for the bus driver losing control is yet to be determined; however, authorities said he was was not travelling at high speed. Three of the tourists that were injured belonged to the U.S. tourist family.
A 49-year-old man did not survive, and an elderly family member suffered serious injuries. He remains hospitalized. A teenage girl was treated for minor injuries. An official report indicated that video surveillance, witness’ statements and mechanical inspections of the bus would be examined in the investigation to determine the cause of the accident.
To ease the complicated procedures of pursuing financial relief in cross-border personal injury claims, the injured victims and surviving family members of the deceased man can utilize the support and guidance of an experienced British Columbia lawyer who only deals with such cases. A lawyer can pursue financial relief on behalf of the injured victims and the loved ones of the deceased man for financial and emotional losses in both personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. He or she can also deal with insurance companies on both sides of the border.
Source: news1130.com, “Tourists involved in fatal B.C. bus crash related, from Massachusetts: police“, Aug. 14, 2017