There have been several serious accidents involving bicycles on Toronto and GTA roadways this November. This morning, there are reports of another cyclist that was injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. This most recent bicycle accident occurred during the early morning on Friday November 22, 2013 in the Lakeshore Road and Dixie area. Earlier this week, Adrian Dudzicki, a Canadian Squash player, died as a result of injuries after he was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.
First and foremost, we offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Adrian Dudzicki for their sudden and tragic loss. We also hope that the cyclist that was struck this morning, will make a speedy and complete recovery from his injuries.
Although bicycle accidents in Toronto and the GTA can happen year round, there is a greater risk for cyclist and pedestrian accidents when it is dark and the weather is poor. With the colder weather, pedestrians and cyclists tend to wear heavier and darker coloured clothing. With less daylight, it is also more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers need to exercise caution, particularly in urban areas, and be on the lookout for pedestrians and cyclists. At the same time, if you are walking or riding your bicycle, it is important to make sure you are clearly visible to drivers. Wear reflective or bright coloured clothing. Do not assume that a driver has seen you and will yield; try to make eye contact with drivers of vehicles.
What Rights Do You Have As a Cyclist if You Are Hit by a Car in Toronto or elsewhere in Ontario?
Cyclists and pedestrians that are injured in an accident with a car, may be able to claim compensation from their own auto insurance policy, if they have one, and from the insurance policy for the car that struck them. These claims are referred to as Accident Benefits from your own auto insurance policy and the Tort Claim against the at-fault driver.
What are the rights of family members of a pedestrian or cyclist who is killed as a result of an Ontario car accident?
In Ontario, when a pedestrian or cyclist is killed as a result of a car accident, the surviving family members may have a claim for wrongful death. A bicycle or pedestrian fatality claim is a civil claim and it does not assign criminal responsibility for the death. Most often the proceeds are paid by an insurance company from the vehicle that caused the accident.
Talk to a Toronto Bicycle Accident Lawyer About Your Rights:
If you were injured in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one, call us for a Free Consultation. We offer prospective clients a free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation with an experienced bicycle and pedestrian accident lawyer. To request a free consultation, call us at 416-900-1070 or toll free at 1-866-234-6093.
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Toronto Lawyer Discusses Fatal Accident Claims | What are your rights if a family member is killed in an Ontario car accident?
The loss of a loved one is never easy. It is even more difficult to accept when a loved one is killed in a Ontario car accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident, because someone else did not follow the rules of the road.
Whenever someone dies as a result of an Ontario car accident, certain immediate family members will be able to claim for the loss. The relatives entitled to make a claim are generally the spouse, children, grandchildren, parents,grandparents, brothers and sisters of the person who was killed in the accident. The family members will be able to advance claims for damages (money), which may include compensation for the following:
(a) expenses incurred for the benefit of the person killed;
(b) funeral expenses;
(c) an amount to compensate for the loss of guidance, care and companionship that the claimant might reasonably have expected to receive from the person if the death had not occurred.
Following a fatal accident in Ontario, you will undoubtedly need time to grieve your loss, but it is also important to take the time to speak with an Ontario fatal accident lawyer to learn about your rights. Without question, the loss of loved one often results in unexpected financial hardships on a grieving family. There is usually insurance available to cover such losses. Though it may be difficult, you owe it to your family to learn about your legal options if a loved one has been killed in an Ontario motor vehicle accident. There are strict time limits within which you must commence a wrongful death claim.
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