If you are a cyclist who has been injured in a car accident then you have grounds for a claim.
The first type of claim is a no-fault claim against Autoplan No Fault Part 7. This provides some limited medical and disability coverage.
If the driver was negligent and this can be proved in court, then they will owe you for your medical expenses, lost wages, damages to your bicycle, and pain and suffering damage. You can also get compensation if it’s evident that you will lose wages or lose your work capacity as a result of your bicycle accident.
You may think this is all very open and shut: a large car strikes a tiny bicycle and so the car is clearly at fault. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, cyclists must also follow the laws governing traffic, and breaking those laws could make them responsible for the accident.
Thus, the defendant has plenty of motivation to prove that you were somehow responsible for the accident, and is willing to throw a lot of resources at the case as a result. You’ll need an experienced bicycle accident lawyer to get the compensation you deserve.
What Makes Bicycle Cases Complicated?
An accident between a vehicle and a bicycle often creates a more complicated case than an accident between two vehicles. This is because the cyclist is often too hurt to take helpful steps after the accident.
Many cyclists are unconscious, or in so much pain that they struggle to collect insurance information, witness names, contact information, or photos. It’s all they can do to follow medical instructions in the moment.
That means a cyclist’s lawyer must go in and reconstruct the facts of the case from other evidence. Meanwhile the defense has a head start on the case and plenty of incentive to fight as hard as they possibly can.
You need lawyers who will put all the necessary time and resources into your case.
Wrongful Death Claims
It’s tragic but true: many cyclists die in car accidents. When they do, the family is left to pick up the pieces.
British Columbia law allows spouses, parents, and children of the deceased to recover for funeral expenses, medical expenses, as well as for a loss of income, services, and companionship.
No amount of money can replace your loved one, but we can work hard to make sure you get the money you need to absorb the financial losses the defendant’s negligent behavior has caused.
Why Merchant Law?
We’ve built a huge multi-province practice because we help our clients win big settlements and verdicts. We have reputations as some of Canada’s toughest and most thorough litigators as a result. You can trust that our lawyers have the experience to win your case.
We don’t get paid until you get paid, so calling us is risk free. Schedule a free consultation today. Contact us at (250) 487-7777, or visit our Kelowna office at 201-347 Leon Avenue.