Ottawa Bicycle Accident Lawyers
With the constant movement towards greener communities, we are seeing an increase in the number of people using their bicycles as their main means of transportation. At Tierney Stauffer LLP, with decades of experience in handling motor vehicle accidents, we have seen first-hand how vulnerable cyclists are on the roads.
Causes of Bicycle Accidents
While municipalities have increased the focus on adding more bike lanes in recent years, there are still too few of them on main roadways. A cyclist is considerably slower than motor vehicles sharing the road, adding additional vulnerability in close, fast-moving traffic. They are less visible than other vehicles and have to manoeuvre around road hazards that other vehicles may not be aware of. We see many instances when bicyclists are pinned by cars making sharp turns or collisions with individuals on foot not paying close enough attention.
Physical, Emotional and Financial Damage as a result of Bicycle Accident Injuries
Cyclists who get into accidents, including those caused by the negligence of others, are more vulnerable to suffering very serious injuries. This can include multiple broken bones, fractures and even permanent spinal damage affecting their ability to walk. As a result, therapy, extra medical care and long-term recovery may be a factor in some bicycle accidents – it all depends on the speed, impact velocity and how the cyclist’s body interacts with the colliding object or person.
Regardless, such a dramatic incident can cause serious emotional and financial damage as well, not just to the cyclist themselves but also their family, friends and others who come to their aid. Longer recoveries can represent higher costs, and many times, a loss of employment may result from the accident.
Recovering Compensation after a Bike Accident
If you as a bicyclist or pedestrian were involved in an accident involving a motor vehicle, we can help you recover accident benefits to which you may be entitled under your own or the driver’s insurance plan. These benefits are available for those involved in any type of motor vehicle accident regardless of fault, and include compensation for:
- Home attendant and nursing care;
- Medical and rehabilitation care and services, including physical therapy and other types of therapy, equipment and vocational training;
- Home accessibility modifications and vehicle modifications;
- Income replacement benefits if you are unable to work;
- Non-earner benefits; and
- Housekeeping, home maintenance and caregiver expenses if your injuries are “catastrophic”.
If your accident was not your fault, we can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses and financial losses from at-fault parties, including:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses not covered by your own insurance;
- Financial losses such as lost income and benefits, lost earning capacity and loss of opportunity;
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life; and
- Compensation for family members affected by your injuries.
Personal Injury Lawyers Assisting Clients Recover Compensation for Bicycle Accident Injuries with offices in Ottawa, Eastern Ontario & North Bay
At Tierney Stauffer LLP, we recognize that no two bicycle accidents or accident victims are the same, which is why we give each claim the personalized attention needed to bring about the best possible resolution. Call us at 1-888-799-8057 or contact us online to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.