In recent years, the province of Alberta has seen an unfortunate spike in cycling injuries. In just one year, hospitalizations resulting from injuries sustained in bicycle accidents increased by an alarming 48%.
Riding a bike can be an invigorating form of exercise, a leisurely recreational activity, and an environmentally-friendly way to commute in good weather. Unfortunately, though, even cyclists who are hypervigilant about safety can be endangered and injured by someone else’s wrongful conduct behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
Being injured in a collision caused by a negligent driver can be a long – and expensive – process. Oftentimes, injured survivors of bicycle accidents incur substantial financial losses as a result of the injuries they sustained. This is especially true for those who are no longer able to continue working because of their injuries and are, therefore, unable to continue earning the wages to which they had become accustomed.
Bicycle riders (and, indeed, any road-users) who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident should be entitled to Section B benefits. This insurance coverage is intended to help offset certain costs incurred by injured accident survivors. Injured cyclists may be able to access insurance coverage even if the at-fault driver fled the scene of the accident or was uninsured. This coverage should be available through the province’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program (MVAC).
Depending on the severity of the injuries sustained by bicycle accident survivors and the impact they have on their overall qualities of life, the coverage available through insurance policies may not sufficiently cover an accident victim’s total losses. When offered a settlement amount that does not reflect the full impact of their injuries, survivors of Airdrie bicycle accidents may be unsure of how to proceed, or where to turn to pursue fair compensation.
In this province, it is automatically presumed that, if a collision between a motor vehicle and a cyclist or pedestrian occurs, it was the product of the driver’s negligence. Typically, drivers are considered negligent if they have failed to uphold the duty of care they owe other road-users. They might do so by engaging in irresponsible conduct behind the wheel, like:
In an attempt to reduce the amount of damages awarded to injured bicycle accident survivors, the at-fault driver’s insurer may try arguing that the cyclist was partially responsible for their collision and was, therefore, contributorily negligent. If successful, the compensation offered to injured bicycle accident survivors could be substantially reduced.
Our Airdrie bicycle accident lawyers are passionate about standing up for the rights of injured members of the local community whose lives have been impacted by the carelessness of others. If your injuries were caused by a driver’s negligence, our bicycle accident lawyers serving Airdrie may be able to help you pursue a civil claim against the at-fault motorist. To learn more, contact us today and schedule a free initial consultation with our Airdrie bicycle accident lawyers.
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