In Toronto and the GTA, we have had great summer weather. Many people have enjoyed taking to the road on their bicycles. While the vast majority of cyclists have been able to enjoy cycling in Toronto and the GTA without incident, there have also been many people injured in collisions with cars.
As a personal injury lawyer, I am frequently asked: What is the law in Ontario when someone riding a bike gets hit by a car?
Although a bicycle is not a motor vehicle, a cyclist will still have legal rights and benefits following an accident with an automobile.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident in Ontario involving a car or truck, you can receive Ontario no-fault auto accident benefits. You can also advance a claim against the owner/driver of the vehicle that hit you in order to recover your losses and damages.
A no-fault claim (also known as accident benefits claim) is between the bike accident victim and the auto insurance company. It would be the responsibility of the auto insurance company to cover your benefits, including medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, and attendant care. Even if you did not have auto insurance coverage at the time of the accident, you will be able to claim for no-fault benefits. The insurance policy responsible for these benefits will depend on the circumstances, and be determined based on "priority rules."
In addition, the bike accident victim can also bring a tort claim against the driver and owner of the vehicle that caused the accident. The insurance company for the other vehicle will defend and pay the claim. The damages available in a tort claim following a bike accident include pain and suffering as well as economic losses and expenses.
Following a bike accident, it is important to have legal advice early. There are important deadlines and applications that will need to be completed and filed in order to secure your benefits. If you have questions following a bike accident in York Region, Toronto or elsewhere in Southern Ontario, call Iacobelli Law Firm for a free consultation with a bike accident lawyer.
There are reports of an early morning crash on Highway 48 in Whitchurch Stouffville, Ontario on August 10, 2012. This crash involved a car and pick-up truck that collided on Highway 48, near Bloomington Road. At least two occupants of the involved vehicles were taken to hospital. One woman involved in this accident has reportedly sustained critical injuries and was transported to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
At Iacobelli Law Firm, we sincerely hope that all involved in this York Region car accident will make a speedy and complete recovery.
The OPP were investigating the circumstances of the accident and had closed portions of Highway 48.
If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident, call the Ontario Personal Injury Law Firm for a free consultation. A personal injury lawyer will meet with you at your convenience to answer your questions.
This afternoon, there is another report of a serious accident involving a motorcycle and a car near Front Street and Parliament Street in Toronto. According to information reported, the motorcyclist was transported to a Toronto Hospital via EMS with serious injuries.
First and foremost we sincerely hope that the man injured in this Toronto motorycle accident makes a speedy and complete recovery from his injuries.
This summer I have had occasion to write about a number of motorycle accidents in Toronto and the GTA. The number of motorcycle accidents in Toronto and surrounding areas in Ontario is really troubling. Many motorcycle collisions result in severe injuries for the motorcyclist and, sometimes, the consequences are fatal.
As I have written in a number of my previous blog posts, a great number of motorcycle collisions are entirely avoidable if drivers would simply pay more attention to the presence of motorcycles sharing our road. We are now well into summer, and it should come as no surprise that motorcycles are all around us on the roads in Ontario. Please remember to check blind spots before changing lanes, and look for the presence of motorycles before making turns or pulling out of parking lots. These are the common scenarios which result in many motorycle collisions, which may have devastating consequences.
Motorcyclists should also ride carefully, and use extra caution when riding near intersections, and leave plenty of space around other vehicles. The use of good riding gear can also reduce the severity of injuries and help protect a motorcyclist in the event of a crash.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a motorcycle accident, do not delay in speaking with an Ontario personal injury lawyer. We offer a free consultation for those that have been injured in motorcycle accidents in Ontario. To learn more, or to schedule an appoitment, call Iacobelli Law Firm at 1-866-234-6093.
Andrew Iacobelli is an Ontario lawyer that restricts his practice to representing personal injury victims and their families. Andrew is the founder of Iacobelli Law Firm.
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