Cycling can be an efficient, environmentally-friendly way to commute. It can also be a rigorous form of exercise, as well as an enjoyable recreational activity that friends, family members, and neighbours can enjoy together.
Unfortunately, throughout the province, there has been a recent spike in cycling injuries. Because of widespread driver negligence, hospitalizations related to bicycling accidents jumped by a staggering 48% in just one recent year.
Driver negligence occurs when a motor vehicle operator fails to uphold their responsibilities to the safety of others. According to the province’s Traffic Safety Act, motor vehicle operators owe a duty of care to all other road-users, including other drivers and their passengers. This duty of care extends to pedestrians and cyclists, as well.
A driver might be considered negligent if, by engaging in any form of wrongful action behind the wheel, they fail to fulfill the duty of care they are required by law to provide. They may do so by committing any number of traffic offenses, including:
Cyclists are among the most vulnerable road-users. With little protection from the dangers of the road, people who are struck by motor vehicles often lose their lives, or sustain severe, life-altering injuries. Injured survivors of bicycle accidents often struggle to afford the costs of necessary medical care, lifestyle adjustments, and other expenses associated with their injuries. This is especially true if they are unable to work as a result of their accident-related injuries.
Anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident – including bicycle riders – should be entitled to Section B benefits to cover the costs of various expenses. Even those who were injured by a hit-and-run driver or an uninsured motorist should be able to access coverage through the province’s Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Program (MVAC). However, depending on the severity of the injuries they have sustained, the insurance coverage available to a bicycle accident survivor may not be enough to cover their total injury-related losses.
If your injuries were caused by a driver’s negligence, our bicycle accident lawyers serving Camrose may be able to help you pursue a civil claim against the at-fault motorist. Our Camrose bicycle accident lawyers have experience fighting against the unfair tactics used by insurance companies to try paying deserving accident survivors less than what they should be owed. To learn how our bicycle accident lawyers serving Camrose may be able to help you in your pursuit of justice and fair compensation, contact us today.
Our Camrose bicycle accident lawyers are standing by to provide you with a free initial consultation. During this cost-free, no-obligation first meeting, you will have the opportunity to receive personalized, case-specific legal advice and learn about options for compensation that might be available to you. To learn more, call our bicycle accident lawyers serving Camrose today.
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