The drivers of passenger vehicles are often quite aggressive with cyclists. There are quite a few who believe cyclists shouldn’t be on the road.
Tragically this can result in major accidents between cyclists and drivers.
Though there would seem to be no contest as to who would be at fault in these accidents, the truth is cyclists must fight to receive compensation for their injuries like anyone else. Often the fight is much harder than it would be for the driver of another passenger car.
Why You Need a Lawyer Right Away
The driver’s insurance company (usually ICBC here in Victoria) is going to do everything it can to pin the blame for the accident on the cyclist.
This is possible because cyclists are bound to traffic laws just like drivers are. If ICBC can prove you broke those laws then it will have to pay you a lot less. The limited accident benefits allotted to at-fault cyclists is rarely enough to cover their injuries.
Two things work in ICBC’s favor.
First, the aforementioned stigma against cyclists. This bias can make it harder to prove that you were not the reason for the accident.
Second, cyclists struck by cars aren’t often in any shape to help their cases. They can’t always gather witness contact information, exchange insurance, or take photos. Often they are unconscious, or in so much pain that they’re not even sure what’s going on in those crucial moments after the collision.
You need a firm, experienced advocate who can help you protect your interests and argue your case.
The team at Merchant Law has a long track record of winning cyclist cases. We have the resources to help you press your claim successfully so you can get the compensation you deserve.
Wrongful Death Claims
Sadly, many bicycle accidents result in the death of the cyclist. When this happens, the family is often left with significant struggles and expenses.
If you’re the parent, child, or spouse of a cyclist who has been killed in an automobile accident then you have the right to press a wrongful death claim. This allows you to receive compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, the loss of your loved one’s income, and the loss of the loved one’s family services.
Getting this compensation isn’t easy. The insurance company is just as happy to pin blame on a deceased cyclist as it is a live one. Get the help you need by calling Merchant Law as soon as you know you have a potential case.
Call to schedule a free consultation. It’s risk free as you won’t owe any money out of pocket. Personal injury lawyers receive a percentage of the award only when you receive a settlement or a favorable verdict. Even after this percentage is accounted for you are likely to receive far more money with our help than you would alone.
To set an appointment, call (250) 385-7777 or visit our offices at: 810 Humboldt St, Suite A02, Victoria, BC V8V 5B1, Canada