No one ever expects to get into an accident when they are enjoying a bicycle ride. Unfortunately, regardless of season, area, or age, all cyclists face many dangers and risks when they go out on their bicycle.
Even though bicycles are vehicles, cyclists are treated as pedestrians according to the Highway Traffic Act and even though they have right-of-way, unfortunately vehicle and bicycle collisions still occur.
It’s important to remember that even if a cyclist does not have their own car insurance, a cyclist is entitled to accident benefits through the insurance from any vehicle involved in a collision. Through the Accident Benefits an injured cyclist can receive funds for rehabilitation including:
Due to the size, weight and speed differences between vehicles and bikes, the cyclist will often end up injured after an accident. In Ontario, Accident Benefits are also called No-Fault Benefits, and are available to anyone involved in car accident regardless of fault.
In addition to Accident Benefits, when the driver is at fault, the injured cyclist also has the right sue the driver who caused or contributed to the collision. In this tort claim or fault-based lawsuit, the cyclist can then seek compensation.
Cyclist injuries can range from minor to catastrophic. They will need compensation for:
After an accident, compensation is essential to pay for medical fees and care. Accidents can happen at any time, so it is important to be prepared.
There are several steps you can take immediately after and in the weeks and months following the accident to get the compensation you and your family need:
Following these steps can make a big difference on your claim for compensation and on the financial and emotional effects of your recovery. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident so they can help you get the Accident Benefits you need, help you file or dispute a claim, and keep you well informed of your rights.
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