Motorbike accidents tend to cause severe injuries. When a rider gets into an accident with a car, there’s usually no contest.
Most riders require intensive initial care, years of follow-up care, and additional services. Many riders cannot return to work after their accidents, or miss weeks of work as they try to heal.
If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident you need the compensation that’s allotted to you by Alberta law. Unfortunately, the insurance company who is responsible for paying this compensation will often drag its feet to avoid it. That’s why you need an experienced motorbike accident lawyer who can help you navigate the process and get the money you need to recover.
Why You Need a Motorbike Expert
Don’t assume a standard personal injury lawyer can handle your motorbike case. Simply put, they are nothing like car accidents.
First, there are often multiple parties involved with a motorcycle accident. These could include:
- The driver and their insurance company.
- The driver’s employer, if the driver was “on the clock.”
- Other drivers who may have contributed to the accident.
- The motorcycle manufacturer, if a faulty part contributed to the accident.
You need a lawyer who is willing to do some digging and who can make a strong case against each of these parties.
Second, there’s the extent of the injuries themselves. While a few riders get away with little more than a broken arm, others receive life-altering injuries. Most motorbike injuries are life altering: brain trauma, spinal cord trauma, and disfigurement. We often see amputations as well.
Third, there’s the unfair stigma most riders labor under when they try to file their claim.
Just about everyone involved tends to be friendly to the notion that the accident was your fault, even though the other driver was in a larger, better protected car. This is important because Alberta is a comparative negligence province. If the other side can prove you were more than 51% responsible you can’t recover at all…and every percentage point of responsibility they can assign to you represents thousands of dollars less for them to pay out to you.
You can expect your opponents to fight hard, but our expert lawyers are here to fight back.
Many Motorbike Cases Are Wrongful Death Cases
Many motorbike cases result in the death of the rider. Alberta law allows the spouse, parents, or children of the deceased to file a wrongful death claim. This is because the law recognizes that the premature end of a life has ripple effects throughout the family: loss of income, loss of services, loss of companionship, loss of future earning potential. It even incurs expenses, as the deceased will require a funeral.
While Alberta law is designed to decrease wrongful death litigation and encourages fast recovery, the amount you can recover is determined by a number of different factors. To recover the highest amount you will still need the help of a lawyer who will fight for you.
Why Merchant Law?
We’re known as some of Canada’s toughest litigators, and we have offices across the country. This means we’re even on point when you’re dealing with out-of-province drivers.
We are happy to negotiate settlements, but we won’t back down when we feel the other side is trying to present an unfair offer.
Remember, we work on contingency. We don’t get paid unless you get paid. Calling us is risk free, and should be the very next thing you do after receiving medical care for your accident. Get started by calling 403.237.7777 or visit our office at:
3rd Floor – 4915 54 Street, Red Deer AB, T4N 2G7