Motorcycle Accidents Lawyer
Motorcycle Accidents Are Typically Not Minor
There is generally no such thing as a minor motorcycle crash which means they often result in brain injuries, spinal injuries, fractures, and various orthopedic injuries. Thousands of motorcyclists are injured every year in Canada at hand of negligent and reckless drivers. Among other reasons, these figures are especially tragic considering that a good portion of these accidents are caused when automobile drivers are not paying enough attention and fail to see the presence of the motorcyclist
Motorcycle injuries are typically very serious because the odds are stacked against a motorcyclist when struck by a car or truck. Injuries often include road rash, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, and other serious injuries, because of the limited protection as a motorcyclist, and the significant difference in size and weight when toe-to-toe with a motor vehicle.
Often Times It’s Not Your Fault
Studies have shown that most motorcycle crashes are caused by the negligence of the other driver. Members of the public typically believe that motorcyclists speed and drive recklessly but that is not the case. Drivers of automobiles often turn left in the path of a motorcyclist or change lanes suddenly and sideswipe the motorcycle.
All drivers have a responsibility to share the road with motorcycles in Ontario and must exercise caution around other motorists. There are many different causes of motorcycle accidents. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to properly watch for motorcycles when they are driving and end up causing serious personal injury to motorcycle accident victims. Every motorist, including motorcyclists, deserve to feel safe on the road, and with the increase in distracted driving and cell phone use, it has become increasingly dangerous to operate a motorcycle. Statistics taken from Transport Canada’s National Database reveal that fatalities and serious injuries among motorcycle rides are on the rise.
The Hamilton and Toronto motorcycle accident lawyers at Bernstein Law Group have seen the devastating effects of bad driving on the lives of motorcycle accident victims and their family members. Our injury lawyers are dedicated to helping motorcycle accident victims from all over Ontario obtain the compensation they deserve.
Unfortunately, motorcycle riders receive a bad reputation in the public for speeding and driving recklessly. The fact of that matter is, the vast majority of motorcycle riders obey all of the traffic laws and only a fraction of bikers give the rest a bad name. More often than not, the motorcyclist is not the driver at fault for the accident. These accidents happen for any number of reasons, but some of the most common are when the other driver is driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, failing to yield, negligence, road rage, or some other form of reckless driving. A number of motorcycle accidents occur when a car or truck driver makes a dangerous lane change and collides with a motorcycle, and cuts off the motorcyclist that otherwise had a safe road ahead. Additionally, a poorly maintained road can give rise to claims against a range of parties such as contractors, the government, and others responsible for the care and safety of the roadway.
Motorcycle Crashes Can Be Devastating
The consequences of a motorcycle crash can be devastating and the first priority of the victim should be on recovery versus dealing with the demands of paperwork and requests from the insurance company. Similar to other motor vehicle accidents, riders injured in a motorcycle accident have access to no-fault benefits, regardless of who is at fault. They also have the same option to recover through a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Our lawyers will help you navigate both the no-fault benefits and the lawsuit against the at-fault driver in order to maximize your recovery both with respect to your health and well being and financial compensation.
Do I need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
The truth is, a large number of seriously injured motorcycle victims never seek legal advice and proper legal representation. It is not uncommon for motorcyclists to try to brush off their injuries as less serious than they really are. A motorcycle accident case can help you receive compensation for your income loss and pain and suffering, among other out-of-pocket expenses for things such as medical treatment. It is important that every accident victim is able to receive from their accident as best as possible, both physically and financially. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you put your best foot forward, by filing the appropriate court documents by certain deadlines, collecting the necessary evidence, negotiating a fair settlement tor advocating your case in court.
The law requires motorcyclists in Ontario to maintain an appropriate level of insurance coverage. This means that if you are in an accident, regardless of who is at fault, you should receive Accident Benefits from your own insurance. Insurance companies often deny claims that are proper, and it has become apparent that the system is inherently biased and adversarial. Your lawyer should advocate for your claim for Accident Benefits and do whatever necessary to ensure you don’t get cut off your benefits prematurely.
While Accident Benefits are very helpful, if someone else is at fault for the accident, you may be able to sue in tort law. The compensation available through tort law is often greater than through Accident Benefits, and there are channels of recovery available such as pain and suffering. A tort action against the at-fault driver may be advisable when your injuries are serious and someone is at fault in full or in part.
Our law firm utilizes an array of skilled treatment providers and experts to help you get better while laying the appropriate paper trail to properly document your injuries and damages. Our Hamilton and Toronto motorcycle accidents lawyers will take all measures to pursue the maximum compensation.
How Will Obtaining Compensation Help Me?
Personal injury claims help injured victims pay for their medical expenses, and recover damages such as income loss and housekeeping. By hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer and filing a personal injury claim, you may be able to cover your medical bills that are not covered by OHIP, damages to your bike, lost wages, past/future costs of care, and compensation for your pain and suffering.
If your motorcycle accident was severe, it most likely makes a lot of sense to pursue your case. Your lawyer should be able to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Most law offices, like our own law firm, charge a fee on a contingency basis, meaning you don’t pay a fee unless we recover compensation for you.
Contact Bernstein Law Group for a Free Consultation
If you, or a loved one has suffered serious or catastrophic injuries as a result of a car accident or motorcycle accident, you may have an injury claim and you may be able to pursue an amount of compensation in the courts. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer at the Bernstein Law Group will be able to provide you with sound legal advise and a free initial consultation. At the initial consultation, you will be given a free case evaluation to better understand your rights and the prospects of success in advance a tort claim and claim for accident benefits. There will likely be at least one or two insurance companies on the other side of your claims, and it is critical you get proper legal representation to advocate your motorcycle accident claims.
Our personal injury lawyers service Hamilton, Toronto, Burlington, Kitchener, Mississauga, Brampton, Stoney Creek, Oakville, Brantford, and the rest of Southern Ontario. Our law firm is dedicated to helping motorcycle accident victims receive a fair amount of compensation to set them up for the future.
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