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Achieving Justice – weekly news column since January 2007


  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Consider apologizing if you are the cause of a life altering injury. Acknowledging fault in the form of an apology does not have any affect on your insurance coverage, nor is it taken into account when determining liability.

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

The word "accident", and it’s connotation of unaccountable inevitability, is getting in the way of taking important steps to fix an ongoing, and growing, road safety disaster.

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Society has been learning about how the use of certain words and phrases, loaded with baggage, might perpetuate systemic harms. My pet irritation is with the use of the word "accident" when referring to road traffic incidents.

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

The problem with waivers comes when the language of waivers goes further, requiring your agreement not to pursue your legal rights if someone else’s negligence causes you injury.

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

A healthy sense of vulnerability can make our roads safer. An unhealthy level of anxiety can adversely impact a victim’s life, and can ironically make our roads more dangerous. It’s commonly known as “Driving Anxiety.”

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Winter tire season has arrived. They’re required on most British Columbia highways from the beginning of October until the end of March. A reader prompted the topic, asking: “I live in Kelowna and do not have the proper Winter tires,

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Despite the government's own research that there's no difference between hands-free and hand-held device use, it must have been seen to be too politically dangerous to force British Columbia voters to leave their phones completely alone when behind the wheel.

  • Published by Paul Hergott, Personal Injury Lawyer,

Rather than blaming cyclists and pedestrians for failing to take more care for their own safety, we need to be considering what more we can do to take more care for their safety.