Bicycle accidents are on the increase as more and more cyclists hit the road. As we move into spring weather, many people are digging out their bikes and bike helmets and hitting the road for fun and their commute to work.
At Hemminger Law Group Law Corporation, our offices are located right on the Galloping Goose Trail. We know, how cool is that? Riding right by our office, we see hundreds of bicycle commuters each day. We have even (unfortunately) been the eyewitness to a bike collision when a vehicle driver was not paying attention.
There are about 170 such accidents on Vancouver Island each year. Because cyclists and motor vehicles share the road, it is inevitable that this does not always go well. Also, sometimes the road surface itself is not always 100 percent safe.
What are the common causes?
What kind of compensation can a person get from a bicycle accident?
Assuming the accident is not totally their fault a cyclist involved in a bicycle accident may be able to get compensation much like an injured person does in a vehicle collision.
These types of compensation and can include:
1. Compensation payable for medical costs;
2. Compensation payable for pain and suffering;
3. Compensation payable for wages lost as a result of the bike accident and potentially future wages lost; and
4. Compensation may be payable for loss of benefits.
So, if a bike accident happens to you, you should consult a lawyer right away. Sometimes, like when the bike accident occurred because of a pothole in the road, the limitation date to start a legal action is short.
The effects of a bike accident can last for a long time. They can be serious. Walking away in one piece from a bike accident is awesome. Maybe it is not, however, the only triumph you should consider when injured. If you have injuries, there needs to be compensation.
Written by Val Hemminger, personal injury lawyer, cyclist, pink scooter rider, Mom.
Please look below at Val Hemminger discussing Victoria and bicycle accident claims: