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According to recent statistics, nearly 7500 Canadian bicyclists are seriously injured in accidents each year. Contrary to assumptions, most of these occur during daylight hours. They’re most likely to happen in heavy, rush hour traffic, though one out of three bicycle accidents occur at night, under artificial or poor lighting. Death and fatalities occur mostly at traffic intersections, or at traffic lights. Nearly 20% of those killed were under the age of 18, while 64% of deaths occur on city roads. Many of these are children.
When accidents occur, the first priority is to get immediate medical attention for the injured. Following this, it’s wise to contact an accident injury lawyer available 24×7 to ensure that your rights are protected.
How Cycling Accidents Occur
Vehicle drivers like car, truck, motorcycle drivers are responsible for more than 68% of bicycle crashes. Some of the common causes are:
• Driver fails to look properly
• Poor state of the road
• Faulty brakes
• Driving too fast or recklessly, carelessly or negligently
• Road rage
• Driving too close to the cyclist
• Failing to judge the cyclist’s speed and path
• Overtaking too close to cyclists
• Drunken driving
• Poor visibility
• Bad weather conditions
• Emerging into the path of cyclists
• Drivers/passengers opening doors in the path of cyclists
• Sudden lane changes by drivers
• Failing to give way
• Blocking cyclist lanes and forcing cyclists to swerve into other lanes
T-junctions and roundabouts are extremely dangerous for cyclists. Apart from these, cyclists may also fail to wear visible, bright colored or reflective clothing, their bikes may not have rear or front lamps, they may not follow right-of-way rules etc. If the cyclist has been negligent, it may be difficult to establish the fault of the other party involved in the collision.
Legal Liability in Bicycle Accidents
Bicycle accidents are governed by state traffic laws and local traffic regulations too. Motorists and cyclists are required to exercise due care regarding their own safety and that of other road users while on the road. What are termed “accidents” are usually caused by the negligence or fault of someone and victims are entitled to seek compensation for damage caused and their injuries. Most accident lawsuits are based on the ability of the plaintiff to prove fault or negligence of the defendant and if the injured cyclist or the family of the deceased cyclist can prove this, they have a valid claim for compensation. Our personal injury lawyers can provide a genuine, comprehensive and honest evaluation of your case and give you a legal opinion on the possible outcomes.
Why You Need Legal Representation
One of the issues that victims of accidents commonly face is that they have to deal with the insurance companies of the opposite party, since they are the ones who have to make the pay-out when settlement is reached. Typically, insurance companies and claims adjusters would attempt to minimize the extent of injury, minimize the pay-outs, deny or delay your claims. Our serious injury lawyers can represent you at all stages of the case and protect your interests.
Many cases are settled out of court, but this also means that you need a skilled, experienced and knowledgeable legal professional to conduct negotiations and represent you in court if required.
Most states have a statute of limitations within which claims must be filed and since we have immediate injury lawyers available round the clock, we can ensure that all paperwork is completed in time.
Another feature of accidents is that most of those involved are in a state of shock and confusion. In such a vulnerable state, they may make inadvertent admissions to the representatives of the opposite party, provide authorization to their own medical records, sign documents or record statements that could be counter-productive to their own case at a later stage. Ensure that you get the right advice from our traumatic brain injury lawyer, since most cycling accidents result in head injuries.
Legal firms like ours also have the financial and professional resources to conduct in-depth investigations, gather expert witnesses, collect evidence etc so that you get the best possible outcome.
Type of Compensation
Statutory benefits/no-fault benefits are available to all victims of accidents in Canada. However, victims are entitled to sue, among others, for:
• Medical expenses
• Hospital and rehabilitation
• Medication and physiotherapy
• Loss of wages
• Household expenses
• Disability claims
Cycling is a fun, healthy activity that many governments actively promote. Like all road-users, cyclists face accident risks and they’re entitled to compensation.
If you, your family or a friend has been injured in an accident, please feel free to speak to one of our injury lawyers for a free consultation about how we are able to assist in making a personal injury claim. We consult in all cities across Ontario with a no win no fee guarantee. Our personal injury lawyers have helped victims secure millions of dollars in personal injury cases. Call us Toll Free On our 24/7 Injury Hotline: 1 – 844 495 7333.
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