Motorcycle riders are almost entirely unprotected from the dangers of the road. If they encounter a negligent driver on the roads or highways, motorcyclists have only their own experience, intuition, and wearable protective gear on which they can rely. That is why, tragically, many motorcycle accidents end in fatalities or catastrophic, permanent injuries.
While the media often portrays motorcycle riders as reckless, devil-may-care, thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies, most people across the province who ride motorcycles do so with the utmost caution. Responsible motorcycle riders appreciate the risks involved with operating a dangerous machine. Therefore, they respect the rules of the road, prioritizing their own safety as well as the safety of other road-users.
Unfortunately, even the most attentive, responsible motorcycle rider is susceptible to serious injuries in collisions caused by negligent drivers. Owing to their vehicles’ built-in safety features, negligent drivers might be able to walk away from a collision with a motorcycle rider without sustaining any physical injuries. However, because of the at-fault driver’s lack of consideration for the safety of other road-users, the operator of the motorcycle might never walk again.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to compensation. Our Ontario motorcycle accident lawyers are passionate about helping injured motorcyclists across the process recover the financial compensation they deserve. To learn more about options that might be available to you, contact Preszler Injury Lawyers today.
The Real-World Impacts of Motorcycle Accidents
Severely injured motorcycle accident survivors often feel the consequences of someone else’s negligence for years to come, or indeed, for the rest of their lives. Injured motorcycle accident victims often sustain a variety of physical injuries which might range in severity from moderate to catastrophic. These injuries frequently include:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Strains and sprains
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Facial and dental injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- And more
Recovering from severe injuries can be a long, isolating, and demoralizing process. People who have sustained disabling physical conditions as the result of a preventable accident often develop additional disabilities in the form of serious mental health issues. These often include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Insomnia or other sleep disorders
- Alcohol use disorder
- And more
Readjusting to life after being severely injured in a near-fatal motorcycle accident can be an emotionally challenging, physically difficult, and overwhelmingly expensive journey. The injuries sustained by injured motorcycle accident survivors could require complicated surgeries, drastic adjustments to one’s lifestyle, live-in attendant care, the use of medical equipment, psychological counselling, and other costly expenses that injured accident victims may be unable to afford.
This is particularly true for injured accident survivors who are no longer to earn their regular salaries because of newly acquired physical disabilities or ensuing mental health disorders. If the injuries they sustained in a collision caused by a negligent driver prevents an injured motorcycle accident survivor from performing the duties of their job, they could experience legitimate financial distress.
Compensation That Might Be Available to Injured Motorcycle Accident Survivors
Motorcycle riders throughout the province are required to carry mandatory insurance, in accordance with the province’s Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act. Therefore, when injurious collisions occur, injured motorcycle accident survivors should be able to access a degree of financial relief in the form of Statutory Accident Benefits provided by their insurer. Depending on the severity of the injuries they have sustained, Statutory Accident Benefits might cover a motorcycle accident survivor’s costs for:
- Medical expenses
- Ambulance bills
- Medical equipment
- Mobility aids
- Chiropractic sessions
- Massage therapy
- Strength-training exercise programs
- Psychological counselling
- Home modifications to accommodate acquired disabilities
- Mileage expenses for trips to and from medical appointments
- And possibly more
However, in many situations, the injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are so severe, impactful, and long-lasting that the accident benefits available to injured motorcyclists are not sufficient to cover their total economic losses. Additionally, many insurance providers have an inherent, unfair bias against motorcycle riders, despite the fact that most injurious motorcycle collisions are caused by the negligence of a commercial or passenger vehicle operator.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we believe that no one should struggle to support themselves or their families because of someone else’s wrongful conduct. If you were involved in a collision caused by a negligent driver and sustained compensable injuries as a result, our motorcycle accident lawyers serving Ontario may be able to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.
Throughout the province, anyone who operates a motor vehicle is required to abide by the rules of the road mandated within the Highway Traffic Act. As such, all drivers are legally obligated to provide a duty of care to other drivers, and exercise a reasonable degree of caution while operating their vehicles. If a driver violates local traffic laws, causing an injurious collision with a motorcycle rider to occur, they could be considered negligent. Common examples of driver negligence that often leads to injury-causing motorcycle accidents include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring traffic signs/signals
- Improperly changing lanes
- Driving recklessly
- And more
If your injurious collision was the result of a driver’s failure to operate their vehicles in a safe, considerate manner, our Ontario motorcycle accident lawyers may be able to help you pursue a civil claim against them, in order to recover damages you have incurred as a result of your collision.
Contact Our Ontario Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
To review the details of your case with Preszler Injury Lawyers, take advantage of a free initial consultation with our motorcycle accident lawyers serving Ontario. During this no-obligation, cost-free first meeting, you will have the opportunity to review the details of your case and learn about legal options for financial recovery that might be available to you based on the conditions and consequences of your collision.
To discuss the circumstances of your accident and receive personalized legal advice about your case, book your free consultation with our Ontario motorcycle accident lawyers by contacting Preszler Injury Lawyers online today, or by calling 1-800-JUSTICE.