Being involved in a motorcycle accident can have life-changing consequences. Due to their relative lack of protection, motorcycle riders who are struck by larger passenger vehicles could suffer catastrophic – even fatal – injuries. Those who survive motorcycle accidents often find themselves struggling to cope with the physical, emotional, and financial repercussions.
In Alberta, deadly motorcycle accidents are, tragically, on the rise. In one recent year, Alberta saw a 90% increase in fatal motorcycle crashes. Unfortunately, even the most cautious, responsible motorcyclist could have their life cut short because of the negligence of another driver.
According to Alberta’s Traffic Safety Act, all motor vehicle operators in the province owe a duty of care to other road-users, including motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, many operators of larger commercial or passenger vehicles fail to exercise a reasonable degree of caution when sharing the road with motorcycles. Drivers who exceed the posted speed limit, change lanes improperly, text while driving, operate their vehicles under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or engage in any other form of negligent behvaiour behind the wheel could be responsible for killing or severely injuring an unsuspecting motorcyclist.
Injured motorcycle accident victims often sustain a variety of physical injuries which might range in severity from moderate to catastrophic. These injuries frequently include:
Depending on the severity of the injuries they have sustained, injured motorcycle accident survivors may require complicated surgeries and medical treatments, dramatic lifestyle adjustments, live-in attendant care, the use of medical equipment, psychological counselling, and other costly expenses. Few people are prepared for the financial strain that often accompanies severe injuries.
This is especially true for motorcycle accident survivors whose injuries prevent them from performing the duties of their jobs. In addition to their injury-related financial losses, injured motorcyclists who cannot continue working could incur substantial financial losses in the form of lost wages. If their injuries make it impossible for them to continue working in their occupational field or precludes them from seeking career advancement opportunities, they might sustain a reduced future earning capacity.
The days, weeks, months, and even years following a serious, injury-causing motorcycle accident can be physically challenging, emotionally draining, and expensive. Many injured motorcyclists are unsure of where to turn to recover proper compensation for their damages.
No matter who was responsible for causing the collision, injured survivors of motor vehicle accidents should be able to recover Section B benefits to help offset certain injury-related expenses. Unfortunately, given the severity of injuries often sustained by motorcycle accident victims, the coverage available in the form of Section B benefits will likely not cover an injured motorcyclist’s total financial losses.
People who have been injured in collisions caused by negligent drivers may be able to recover compensation by pursuing legal action against the at-fault motorists whose wrongful actions on the road were responsible for their injuries. To learn more, contact us today.
Operating a motorcycle requires skill, alertness, and an abundance of caution. Experienced motorcyclists appreciate that making the smallest error on the road could be a matter of life and death. This is why, by and large, motorcycle riders are among some of the most safety-cautious road-users.
Unfortunately, insurance providers traditionally hold an unfair bias against motorcycle riders. In popular media, motorcyclists are generally characterized as lawless thrill-seekers. Perhaps because of this, insurance providers often exhibit prejudice against injured parties in motorcycle accident claims.That is one of the reasons why motorcycle riders who have been injured in collisions often face more challenges than the victims of passenger vehicle accidents.
Insurance companies could even deny a motorcycle accident victim’s claim, or use unfair tactics to minimize the amount of compensation they will receive. Insurance companies may offer low settlement amounts or delay payment, which can cause financial strain on the survivor and their family.
Injuries sustained by motorcycle riders are usually more severe in nature, requiring ongoing medical attention and expenses. Sadly, the compensation provided by insurance providers may not be sufficient to cover the full extent of the injuries and expenses they have incurred.
Dealing with insurance providers after a motorcycle accident can be stressful and traumatic for the survivor, particularly if they are coping with physical and emotional injuries and overwhelming financial strain. The survivor may need to navigate a complicated claims process, deal with insurance adjusters, and attend medical appointments, all while recovering from their injuries.
If your injury-causing collision was the result of someone else’s negligence, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and take advantage of a free initial consultation to learn more about your rights.
Preszler Injury Lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, which means that you don’t pay anything unless we win your case. This can provide peace of mind and alleviate financial stress during a difficult time. Book your free initial consultation with our legal team today and take the first step towards getting the justice you deserve.
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