More and more people are biking to work these days; many of our lawyers and staff included. Unfortunately, with more riders on the road, there has been an increase in car and bike collisions. Most accidents happen at intersections where cars and cyclists cross paths. Other factors include congested roadways, areas without bike lanes, unsafe bike lanes, potholes, buses and streetcars. These dangers can have deadly consequences for cyclists.
Under the Highway Traffic Act, cyclists are typically treated as pedestrians meaning they are presumed to have the right-of-way. While it’s important for cyclists to obey the rules of the road; being right, legally speaking, does not help if you end up in the hospital. In nearly every car and bike collision, the cyclist is injured.
Know Your Rights
In cases where someone other than the cyclist is wholly or even partially at fault for the accident, the cyclist has the right to sue the driver who caused or contributed to the crash. This is called a ‘tort’ claim. You can seek compensation for damages such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of income, medical costs, care costs and other expenses. Even if the at-fault driver did not have valid insurance, fled the scene or was driving a stolen vehicle – you may still be covered by an insurance policy or otherwise.
In Ontario, you are also entitled to Statutory Accident Benefits if a car or other motor vehicle was involved in the accident. These benefits primarily cover medical treatment and lost wages. If your injuries are more severe, you may potentially be entitled to additional benefits, for example, to cover the cost of caregivers.
Thomson Rogers Can Help with Both Your Bike Accident Claims
If an accident happens, it is usually the cyclist who suffers the most. When a person is knocked off a bike, run over by a car, doored or crashed into, it often results in severe and sometimes catastrophic injuries. We are here to help.
At Thomson Rogers Personal Injury Lawyers, we have over 80 years of experience fighting for the seriously injured. Our bike accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge you need to get the compensation you deserve – many of our lawyers are cyclists themselves, and know the perils cyclists face on Toronto’s streets.
If you have been involved in a bike accident, contact us right away for a no-obligation consultation.