We have also provided some answers to common questions on our website. Here are some of the more common questions that injury victims have following a serious motorcycle accident in Ontario.
1. Do I need a lawyer for a motorcycle accident claim in Ontario?
It is not mandatory that you have a lawyer. While you can represent yourself, the insurance and claims process is complex and it is recommended that you have an experienced lawyer working for you. We offer a free consultation, so you can speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer and then decide how you would like to proceed.
2. What financial compensation can I receive following a motorcycle accident in Ontario?
If you are injured as a result of a car or motorcycle accident in Ontario, you may be entitled to compensation from two sources:
Accident Benefits from your own motorcycle insurance policy or from the insurance for another vehicle involved in the
Tort Claim against the at-fault driver for compensation, including damages that are not available through accident
benefits, such as pain and suffering.
Ontario has a hybrid no-fault insurance system for automobile and motorcycle accidents, which allows you to obtain accident benefits irrespective of fault. In addition, an injured person can also obtain compensation from the at-fault driver's insurance company.
3. How do I pay for a personal injury lawyer following a motorcycle accident in Ontario?
In most cases, fees will be charged on a contingency basis – in other words, there is no charge unless and until you receive compensation. The fee is normally a percentage of your final settlement. The initial consultation with you is complimentary and absolutely free. Learn more about No Win - No Fee contingency fee retainers.
4. How long will it take to settle my Ontario motorcycle accident case?
This will often depend on who you are suing and the nature and complexity of your Ontario motorcycle accident and resultant injuries. After reviewing the specific facts of your claim, a lawyer should be able to provide you with some estimate of how long your motorcycle accident case will take to resolve.
5. Can I settle my motorcycle accident case out of court?
A claim can be settled at any time, including before the suit is filed, after the suit is filed, and, of course, before trial is started. Motorcycle accident lawsuits and claims can also be settled during or after trial. Statistically, most cases settle before trial and few ever go to trial.
6. How do I prove that the other vehicle caused the motorcycle accident?
The burden of proof in a tort case, as in most civil law cases, is lower than the proof required in criminal law cases. To
win a personal injury lawsuit following a motorcycle accident, the plaintiff need only prove that a majority of the evidence shows that an injury was caused by the defendant's negligent actions. Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to recover against the other driver's insurance company. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will be able to evaluate the circumstances of your motorcycle accident. Where necessary we will also retain experts in order to help prove that the other vehicle caused your motorcycle accident.
7. What is the Statute of Limitations?
Time is not your friend following a motorcycle accident. There are specific time limits, called "statutes of limitations," that govern the period during which you must file a personal injury claim. When the statute of limitations expires on your motorcycle accident case, you are barred from bringing a lawsuit and you simply don't have a case anymore.
8. How much is my Ontario motorcycle accident case worth?
Every motorcycle accident case is different. In personal injury cases from motorcycle accidents, you may be entitled to compensation for such things as pain and suffering (past and future); lost wages and ability to earn income (past and future); medical and rehabilitation expenses (past and future); and loss of enjoyment of life (past and future). In order to evaluate your personal injury claim, we will have to speak with you and ask you some questions.
9. Is delay in speaking with a Ontario motorcycle accident lawyer a bad idea?
It is absolutely a bad idea to delay in speaking to a lawyer about your rights if you have been injured in a motorcycle accident. Time is not your friend. There are specific time limits, called statutes of limitations that govern the period in
which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. In addition, delay can make it more difficult for your lawyer to secure the information needed to help prove your case, such as witness statements or other evidence. Also, by delaying, you are giving the insurance company the opportunity to build its case to defeat and deny your claim.
10. Is there any obligation or fee if I contact you for a consultation about my motorcycle accident?
No. Consultations are free. Fees are only charged if your motorcycle accident case is accepted and a recovery of money damages is achieved on your behalf. If, after discussing your motorcycle accident with us, you decide not to pursue a claim or if you decide to proceed with another law firm there is no obligation on your part. Any information you have provided to us is also confidential and protected by the lawyer-client privilege.
To learn more, contact a Toronto motorcycle accident lawyer at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093, or complete or online contact form here.
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