Getting into a motorbike accident usually means sustaining severe injuries. Your motorcycle simply can’t stand up to the weight and velocity of a car.
This means your case is likely to be even more complicated than your average car accident case.
How Motorcycle Accidents Work in Kelowna
Much depends on the determination of fault. If you can be found to be “at fault” then ICBC only has to pay out accident benefits. These are limited medical benefits and partial wage loss benefits.
If you are less than 51% at fault the negligent driver can be held accountable for far more. This includes:
- Wage loss.
- Future wage loss and loss of earning capacity.
- Out-of-pocket expenses.
- Future care Medicare doesn’t cover.
- Pain and suffering.
The dollar amount difference is significant. It’s significant enough that they will fight you tooth and nail to try to pin the blame on you, because your expenses are likely to be so much higher than the negligent driver’s.
This is one reason why motorcycle accidents are so much more complex than car accidents, and why you need an expert lawyer. The other reason is the stigma that riders face. Many people are subconsciously programmed to see riders as reckless, untrustworthy, and irresponsible.
It takes hard evidence and a thorough investigation to negate these sorts of prejudices. Unfortunately, there’s another complication in most motorcycle cases: the rider is usually far too injured to take helpful action at the time of the accident like getting names, numbers, and photos.
Our expert lawyers work around this limitation to gather the evidence you need to make a strong case. We are committed to getting you the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful Death Benefits
Tragically, many motorcycle accidents result in the death of the rider. If this has happened to you and you are the spouse, parent, or child of the rider then you have grounds for a claim under the Family Compensation Act.
You may receive compensation for:
- Loss of care, guidance, and companionship
- Medical care costs
- Funeral costs
- Loss of family services
- Loss of income
- Loss of inheritance
The amount you can receive varies greatly and depends on the quality of your representation.
We know money can’t bring your loved one back. Still, it might allow you to get back on your feet while reeling from the loss of that family member’s income or contribution. It may also allow you to absorb the costs of their death. Let us help.
Why Merchant Law?
When you’re dealing with the complexities of a motorcycle case you need experts. You also need tough litigators, and we’re some of Canada’s toughest. We’ll work hard to get you a fair settlement. Our proven track record speaks for itself.
Hiring us is risk free. We don’t get paid until you do, and our clients generally walk away with ten times as much money with us as they would have without us (even after we account for our fees).
Get started today by calling (250) 487-7777, or by visiting our Kelowna office at 201-347 Leon Avenue.