When a car and a motorcycle collide, it’s usually not the driver of the motorcycle that’s at fault. But bias against motorbike riders means that sometimes it’s hard to convince anyone else of that fact. Meanwhile, insurance companies are all too happy to try to reduce their liability by playing into these perceptions.
Between this problem-of-perception and the devastating injuries riders sustain when they get into an accident, there’s just no getting around it. Riders need personal injury lawyers more than nearly anyone else.
Personal Injury Suits
Many motorcycle accidents happen when the driver of a motor vehicle rapidly and negligently changes lanes without looking. The rider has seconds to make a choice. Take a risky swerve maneuver? Try to speed up to avoid the vehicle? These decisions must often be made in less-than-ideal road conditions, especially during the toughest parts of the winter months where the roads may be covered in ice and snow.
When this happens to the operator of a motor vehicle they usually just honk their horns to let the other driver know they’re there. Motorcycles come equipped with horns, but unless you buy a special variety meant to operate at higher volumes than the pre-installed one, using your horn may not be enough to prevent an accident. And because motorcycles are smaller and lighter they might not have nearly as much time to react.
This scenario happens to riders every single day in Alberta. Even the most careful rider can find himself or herself the victim of a collision.
These are the unfortunate truths that go with motorbikes. When a rider gets into an accident the results can be horrible. It’s not uncommon to see mild or severe brain trauma, injuries to the neck, spine, or spinal cord, paralysis, disfigurement, broken bones, injuries which require amputations, and more. Recovery can take months or even years. You may not be able to return to the same career you had in the past. You may not be able to return to work at all.
Brain injury can be mild and even imperceptible to the victim but may be noticeable to others around him or her. If you hit your head in an accident you need to be sent for an expert assessment. Psychological injuries are also common and may be overlooked or dismissed as normal by the injured person, such as nightmares or fears of getting on a bike or on the road. These symptoms are all compensable if the evidence for them is garnered. All of these little areas of enquiry by a capable injury lawyer can add up significantly to the compensation to be claimed but they all require strategic planning by a good lawyer who really listens to your whole story and considers the necessary treatment you need and evidence to be provided.
Merchant Law’s Calgary Bowness office will always listen to you respectfully and compassionately. You can call anytime. You are not charged anything to speak to your lawyer handling your case. Any information you think we should have at any time, please call us. The more information we have the better it will be to properly cover all your areas of claim for compensation.
Don’t try to handle your case without a lawyer to represent you. Speak to more than one lawyer and go with the one you feel most comfortable with. The oftentimes paltry settlement an insurance company will try to push on you should be out of the question. It’s unlikely to cover even a fraction of your true total expenses, pain and suffering, and other recoverable heads of damages. You need a strong advocate who knows the law, knows what you’re entitled to, and knows how to make sure you get what you deserve.
Wrongful Death Suits
Many motorcycle accidents result in the death of the rider.
This is especially hard on the family that’s left behind. And if the rider was the family breadwinner, the family may be left in a state of extreme financial distress, juggling both funeral costs and the costs of lost income.
Let Merchant Law help you. In many cases, the estimated lifetime earnings of the deceased can be part of your personal injury award, in addition to any medical costs the accident may have occurred. You’re also eligible to have your burial costs covered in these cases.
Other damages you might not have even thought about yet include mental anguish, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, and more. While money can’t ever replace your lost loved one, a personal injury award can give you the resources you need to rebuild your life after such a devastating loss.
How to Get Help from Merchant Law
Act fast. In Alberta, personal injury cases are governed by strict statute of limitation laws.
You don’t have to worry about putting together the money to hire one of our lawyers. The initial consultation is free. And we work on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you get paid. Should you win your case we will receive a small percentage of the award.
Usually, even after our fees are taken into consideration, our clients walk away with far more than they would have had if they’d tried to negotiate with the insurance company themselves.
We are plaintiffs lawyers, and we’re known as one of Canada’s toughest litigation teams. We have a passion for defending “the little guy” against massive corporations who are only out to protect their own financial interests.
To get started, call 403.237.7777 today, or stop by our office at
You’ll receive respect, compassion, and most of all a knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced advocate who will fight tirelessly for you while you focus on your recovery.