When compared with riding in a car, motorcyclists are of course more vulnerable due to their lack of physical protection, and the results of these accidents can be devastating to victims and their families.
Whether we talk about Calgary NW, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, or Lethbridge, in the cities or on the highways, Alberta’s roads regrettably see their fair share of motorcycle accidents.
Very frequently car and truck drivers do not show enough care sharing the road with motorcyclists with the unfortunate result that motorcycle accidents occur on Alberta’s streets and highways with such alarming regularity.
Motorcycle accidents all too often result in the most severe types of injuries due to the limited protection of motorbike riders and frequently as a direct result of a total lack of caution by the drivers involved.
Even when appropriate helmets and protective clothing are worn, injuries in motorcycle accidents can be way more serious or even life threatening.
Our Calgary NW motorcycle accident lawyers dedicate themselves to helping those who have suffered personal injury due to someone else’s negligence. Examples of negligence involving motorcycles include riders getting hit by cars or trucks whose drivers were not paying attention, riders who crash into a car door that suddenly opens, or injuries caused by poor road conditions including loose gravel or pot holes.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident you need to know that Alberta law lets you take legal action against the person responsible for causing their injuries and to receive appropriate compensation through their insurance policy. An experienced personal injury lawyer can maximize compensation for your pain and suffering, lost income, medical costs, damage to your motorbike and any other compensable loss.
Our Calgary NW motorcycle accident lawyers offer free consultations seven days a week and will promptly return all calls, e-mails, and text messages.
Factors that Contribute to Motorcycle Accidents in Calgary NW
Motorcyclists often sustain serious injuries in accidents especially since riders are without any real means of protection. Though motorcycle accidents may result from any number dangerous circumstances, some of the most severe injuries result from:
- Careless or Reckless Driving
- Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol
- Mechanical Defects or Parts Malfunction
- Road Defects
Our Calgary NW motorcycle accident lawyers will work closely with you to reconstruct exactly how the accident occurred to develop the most effective legal strategy in order to recover the highest amount of monetary compensation you are entitled to.
As you are recovering from the injuries you sustained in the accident, you should not have to try to figure everything out on your own. You should hire a lawyer you trust to argue your case against the insurance company or other legally responsible parties.
If injured in a motorcycle accident, the first step is to establish liability. Our NW Calgary personal injury lawyers will work hard to show that the accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of the other driver or responsible negligent party, such as the city for example in a road hazard situation.
Once negligence or liability is established, the law then provides that the victim of the motorcycle crash should be fairly compensated by the negligent person (which 99% of the time in practice simply means the insurance company who has insured that person).
How much financial recovery available to a motorcycle accident victim in Alberta varies depending on the facts of each case.
It is of the utmost importance that you speak with the experienced personal injury lawyers at our Calgary NW office to discuss your specific situation.
What types of compensation will there be?
The types of compensation that our Calgary NW motorcycle accident injury lawyers have recovered for our clients include:
Pain and Suffering Compensation
Often the most major area of compensation, pain and suffering includes compensation for any and all physical pain, including emotional upset and anguish. The law has to find a monetary amount to provide you with compensation for your injuries. The amounts payable are governed by past cases and court decisions.
Lost Wages and Income from Employment
In many cases victims of a bike crash are left temporarily or permanently unable to continue to work. The law allows for a full recovery of your losses caused due to the negligence of the responsible party. This means that as your personal injury lawyers, we will ensure both that you receive the actual losses from employment income, be it wages or salary, and also in many cases there will be a reduced capacity to work and earn money in the future which can stretch for the working life of the client. This is all recoverable loss due to the motorcycle accident which our personal injury lawyers will fight to recover for you.
Physical disability, impairment, or disfigurement
Physical injuries from motorcycle accidents can result in temporary or permanent disability, impairment, or disfigurement. In some cases you might require alterations to your home or apartment so that the settlement or award of compensation must include a full recovery for these necessary costs.
Property damage and expenses
Obviously common in accidents involving a motorbike, the cost of repair or replacement value of the motorcycle itself is typically recoverable.
In most motorbike crash accidents the fact is that the rider’s body will come into direct contact either with one or more vehicles or the pavement itself.
It follows that some level of medical care is almost always required. Your personal injury claim should compensate you for any and all out-of-pocket medical expenses including the cost of care in to the future for those resulting injuries, which costs can be significant.
Although you may receive basic health care in Alberta without paying out of your own pocket, that does not mean that you will not have some extra medical expenses that you will have to pay yourself.
Many of our clients have unfortunately experienced extremely serious injuries as a result of motorcycle accidents in Calgary NW and across southern Alberta. Injuries which are of the most severe nature, sadly often involve head and brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or injuries to internal organs. These catastrophic injuries may be life threatening and life changing.
Other injuries can range anywhere from scrapes and bruises to lacerations up to the more sever broken bones or fractures. Our determined Calgary NW motorcycle accident lawyers understand that the physical, emotional, and the financial effects which come after getting into a serious motorcycle accident can be long lasting, severe, and life altering.
We will always fight as hard as possible to ensure that every one of our injured clients receives the highest level of compensation possible by law for all of their injuries, losses, and legally compensable damages.
Our Calgary NW personal injury lawyers are experienced and compassionate and can be reached anytime of the day including on weekends at (403) 237-7777. Rest assured that every case is handled on a “no win, no fee” basis. Call today to arrange a free consultation and case review.
Why Do You Need a Calgary NW Motorcycle Accident Lawyer?
Typically car accidents do result in a valid legal claim for compensation of victims. Although, unlike your typical accidents between cars or trucks, motorbike accidents can involve some specific issues which make it imperative that you seek the help and guidance of an experienced Calgary NW Motorcycle Accident Lawyer. As examples these motorbike specific issues might include:
Defective motorbike parts
For instance, the parts themselves can be defective. The brakes, the engines, the tires or other parts might be manufactured or designed in such a way that they become inherently dangerous or unreasonable for normal use. A Calgary NW motorcycle accident lawyer can help appropriately determine and assess these sorts of issues on your behalf.
Helmet and other gear defects
Claims can arise for personal injuries you may have suffered against the vendor or the designer or the manufacturer of your helmet or other bike gear. There are lots of cases which turn on technical legal arguments surrounding defective motorcycle equipment or other gear. An experienced Calgary NW motorcycle accident lawyer is best placed to understand and deal with those matters.
Perhaps the most important issue in advancing legal rights for injured motorbike riders can be down to road conditions at the time of the bike crash. A motorcycle is obviously more susceptible to bad road conditions than would be a car or other motor vehicle. For example uneven pavement or potholes et cetera can give rise to dangerous situations. Your compensation will sometimes involve the City or Province being pursued, or in other cases a construction company or other responsible party in such cases where the accident was negligently or recklessly caused by unsafe road conditions.
Should I hire a lawyer to help me?
You should never try to handle your personal injury claim alone. Our lawyers provide diligent and experienced representation to those who have been injured due to a negligent party, whether that is a negligent or reckless driver, the government for failing to properly maintain roads, or a drunk driver.
Merchant Law has the necessary experience and financial resources to properly investigate and prepare your compensation claim. Contact a Calgary NW motorcycle accident lawyer today at (403) 237-7777 to schedule your free consultation. We will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.
We are committed to helping injured motorcyclists recover the highest amount of money damages possible for the injuries they sustained. Our Calgary NW motorcycle accident lawyers are very determined and approach cases based on what is most important for our clients.
Our Calgary NW motorbike accident lawyers team represents clients in Calgary NW and all of its surrounding areas such as Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Airdrie, Okotoks, Cochrane, Chestermere, Brooks, Strathmore, High River, Canmore, Olds, Taber, Coaldale, Banff, Innisfail, Drumheller, Rocky Mountain House, Stettler, or Redcliff. We have office locations all across Calgary as well as in Airdrie, Red Deer and Edmonton to better serve you.
How to Get in Touch
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Our Calgary NW office is located a couple blocks from McMahon Stadium at:
1816 Crowchild Trail NW
Suite 700 –1x
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