Many Ontarians are hurt in bike accidents each year, and collisions between cars and bicycles are a common cause of injuries. Mishaps can be avoided, however, by adhering to road safety practices such as using hand signals and obeying road signs. In addition, wearing a helmet is important and can lessen the severity of a cyclist’s injuries and even save their life in the event of an accident.
In Ontario, cyclists are treated as pedestrians and are presumed to have the right of way. At the same time, they must obey all traffic laws. If you’re injured in a bike accident, even if you’re at fault, you’re entitled to no-fault accident benefits. And in an instance where someone else is partially or fully responsible, you can make a tort claim. In this case, it’s best to reach out to a personal injury lawyer who can advocate on your behalf.
COMMON BIKE ACCIDENT INJURIES
A collision between a car and a bicycle can be the result of distracted driving, dooring or making an unsafe lane change. Both drivers and cyclists are expected to obey the rules of the road to avoid an accident. However, the results of a collision tend to be less severe for motorists. In some cases, a cyclist’s injuries can be severe or even life-threatening, and they may include:
Head injuries (concussions, traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures)
Serious neck and back injuries
Spinal cord injuries
Broken bones, fractures and dislocations
Road rash, scrapes, cuts and bruises
WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE IN A BIKE COLLISION
If a cyclist is hit by a car, they can sue the motorist involved. The cyclist will need to prove that the driver was at least partially to blame for the accident. In addition, they can make a claim for no-fault accident benefits. This claim can be made through the cyclist’s automobile insurance or the insurance of the person who hit them. Receiving compensation for an injury can be a complicated process. Here are the steps you should take if you get into a bike accident:
Seek medical attention. Dial 911 if anyone’s injured.
Call the police. Report the accident as soon as possible. Get a copy of the accident report.
Exchange basic information. Get the driver’s name, licence plate number and the name of their insurance company.
Look for witnesses. Get the name and number of anyone who’s witnessed the accident.
Take pictures. If possible, take pictures of the scene and your injuries.
Get a lawyer. Seek the advice of a personal injury lawyer. A professional from the team at Feifel Gualazzi can help you submit the proper forms and meet the required deadlines to make a claim.
PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS IN SAULT STE. MARIE
If you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident, Feifel Gualazzi can help. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.