While all motor vehicle accidents have the potential to lead to injuries, motorcyclists are at a much higher risk of being seriously injured or even killed in a crash. In Ontario, motorcyclists account for a disproportionate amount of catastrophic injuries on roads and highways. As a result, anybody injured in a motorcycle accident is more likely to suffer from greater pain and suffering and higher medical expenses than those injured in car accidents. Because of these increased risks, hiring a personal injury lawyer from Diamond & Diamond is extremely important for motorcycle accident victims in order to receive compensation required to cover medical bills, loss of income, and other expenses.
If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, the personal injury lawyers at Diamond & Diamond can help you with the process of filing a claim. We have offices in the following locations and service clients across Ontario:
- Sault Ste. Marie
- Thunder Bay
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Important Things to Keep in Mind in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident
It is not hard to see why motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injuries for victims. Because most motorcycles lack the standard safety features of automobiles, such as airbags and seatbelts, motorcyclists tend to be far more exposed to potential dangers than car drivers. In many cases, the only thing standing between a motorcyclist and a catastrophic injury is his helmet. Furthermore, motorcycles are much smaller than most cars on the road, meaning that other drivers are more likely to fail to notice a nearby motorcycle. This issue of visibility often comes up in accidents involving cars that have changed lanes or have turned into a motorcycle’s path without properly checking any blind spots beforehand.
Contrary to popular belief, most motorcycle accidents are not caused by the behaviour of the motorcyclist, but by the other driver. Because motorcycles differ substantially from cars in their ability to brake, accelerate, or maneuver quickly, a negligent car driver presents a potentially fatal threat to motorcyclists on Ontario’s roads. A vehicle that turns into the path of a motorcycle or cuts off a motorcycle gives that motorcyclist very little time to react. While these situations may only lead to a minor fender bender accident if only two cars were involved, when a motorcycle is involved then the potential for serious injuries increases substantially.
While all Ontario drivers are required to carry auto insurance that includes no-fault accident benefits, obtaining these benefits is not always easy. Many insurance companies are notorious in trying to withhold payouts by arguing that the injuries suffered are less severe than claimed by the driver or by trying to underestimate the cost of expenses. The best way to make sure an insurance company pays out on a claim is by hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer who understands the tactics many insurance companies use. Furthermore, other issues of liability may also be at stake. If the other driver is at fault, then the injured motorcyclist has a right to seek further compensation from that driver. Finally, liability claims are not limited to those who were present at the crash site. The motorcycle and helmet manufacturers could also be held liable for compensating the victim if a defect is discovered in their products. Helmets, for example, can often be compromised during the manufacturing process if the latches and straps are not properly fitted. Because motorcyclists rely so heavily on their helmets to keep them safe, these seemingly small defects could end up having catastrophic results during an accident.