Bicycle Accident Lawyer - Injury Compensation
On average someone is killed every day whilst riding a bicycle in Canada. In addition there are almost 10,000 accidents to cyclists every year including more than 1,000 who suffer serious injury. A bicycle accident lawyer must be familiar with the particular difficulties facing cyclists on the road every day in order to be able to prove the case in negligence. Bicycle accidents usually fall into three categories:
- collisions with other vehicles or loss of control when trying to avoid a collision
- potholes, protrusions or defective road surfaces from wear or negligent repair
- spilled debris including liquids on the highway
Road traffic accident statistics show that about 5% of all serious injuries including fatalities involve cyclists. The majority of these accidents occur during daylight and involve a collision with a car near or close to a junction. The most common bicycle circumstances include:
- failure to heed give way signs at a junction by cyclist
- young or inexperienced rider falling off
- motor vehicle failing to give way at a junction
- turning right after emerging from a driveway or entrance
- riding into the path of a motor vehicle particularly when riding off a pavement
- being struck from behind whilst on a straight, fast road
- rider turning right across a road without heeding the presence of other traffic
- rider and motorist both going straight ahead at a junction
- motorist turning or emerging into path of the rider from a standstill
- rider overtaking and being hit from behind
There are scores of fatalities involving cyclists each year on Canada’s roads and thousands more accidents that result in serious injury to the cyclist. Many cycle accidents are caused by the negligence of other road users, most frequently the drivers of cars and commercial vehicles however cyclists themselves often contribute to their predicament by poor riding skills and bad habits. While the rider of a bicycle may be responsible in whole or in part for causing a cycle accident it is most likely a motor vehicle driver that is at fault. If you have been injured in a collision whilst riding a bicycle you should take urgent legal advice from a cycle accident lawyer in order to preserve you legal right to claim compensation if a motor vehicle driver was to blame or contributed to the cause of the accident. The cyclist is in particular peril because he or she has no protection around them and the rider also has to balance on two wheels. Bicycle riders are relatively difficult to see on the road, compounded by frequent failure to display adequate lights at night. Cyclists often break the rules of the road, in particular by jumping red lights thereby putting them at greater risk of a collision with a motor vehicle. Statistics show that cyclists are more than 14 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed than car drivers. Cyclists use the same road as all other motor vehicles, placing them permanently in peril of a cycle accident causing personal injury. The risks for injury to cyclists are worse if there is inclement weather including snow, hail, sleet, rain, frost, wind and fog which often precipitate a cycle accident. If you need advice from a cycle accident lawyer just call the helpline.
Cycle Accident Lawyer - Negligence
There are a number of situations with regard to cycle accidents that are considered appropriate for a legal claim. It is up to a cycle accident lawyer to advise whether or not there is a viable compensation claim based on negligence. The most common cycle accident resulting in a claim is a collision with a motor vehicle or when the cyclist falls off the bike trying to avoid a collision with a motor vehicle. Other common causes of cycle accidents include defective road surfaces, such a potholes and cracks in the road, poor repair of the road and spills onto the roads or debris including excess gravel on the road. A cycle accident lawyer will discuss your claim in detail and advise you there and then of the viability of the claim, the likely chance of success and the estimated amount of compensation that may be awarded.
Common cyclist injuries include head injuries and spine injuries. Scrapes and abrasions are common unless the rider is wearing thick clothing. Bone fractures are common, especially with accidents involving other vehicles. Many cyclists fracture their wrist because they attempt to stop their fall by putting out their hand :-
Head Injuries are particularly problematic in cycle accidents. This is especially true if the cyclist isn’t wearing a bicycle helmet. Head injuries can involve something so minor as a concussion or a severe injury resulting in coma and death. Wearing a helmet decreases the risk of head injury. Head injuries can involve days in the hospital and months in rehabilitation before the patient can recover from the injury.
Spine Injuries are also common injuries in a cycle injury. Spine injuries are generally independent of whether or not you are going wearing a helmet because the helmet doesn’t protect the spine well. Most spine injuries involve the cervical spine and the lumbar spine—the more mobile of the spinal areas. This can result in paralysis of the arms and/or legs that can be permanent.
Broken Bones are common in cycle injuries. The bones most involved are the pelvis, the wrist and the long bones of the leg. These fractures always require medical attention and require varying amounts of recovery time and rehab time. The wrist is often fractured because the person usually stretches out his or her arm at the time of the fall and it breaks the wrist.
Bicycle Accident Lawyers
Our specialist Canadian personal injury lawyers offer expertise that is second to none. All of our accident lawyers deal exclusively in compensation claims involving physical injury. If one of our bicycle accident lawyers represents you in your personal injury compensation claim you may rest assured that your case will be dealt with in an efficient, business like manner and that you will not be kept waiting any longer than necessary for your compensation.
Ensuring that fair compensation is obtained in any personal injury claim requires a close working relationship between a team of legal specialists and medical experts who are leaders in their field. We are able to call upon the services of some of the most eminent medical consultants in the country and abroad which ensures the best attention and service together with fast resolution of injury claims. You will receive a complete professional service from lawyers who specialize in claiming compensation for personal injury caused as a result of an accident.
If you would like to talk to an experienced advocate without obligation then just use the helpline or email our offices or complete and send the contact form and a lawyer who deals exclusively in accident claims will phone you with advice at no cost and information on how best to preserve your legal rights to compensation for your injuries. If after talking to a bicycle accident lawyer you decide not to take matters further you are under no obligation to do so and you will not be charged anything at all.