An 1000+ pound vehicle strikes a smaller, more nimble motorcycle. The rider’s left deeply injured.
You may be surprised to find that many cyclists are the ones who are held accountable for the accident, even though negligent drivers are the most common reason for these accidents. This is a tragedy, since many cyclists are far more injured than the drivers who hit them.
If you want to be fairly compensated for your injuries, you’ll need a seasoned motorbike lawyer. The team at Merchant Law can help.
Proving Your Case
ICBC is the most common insurance company that you’ll have to deal with in Victoria. If they can prove you were the negligent party then they’ll only have to pay you limited accident benefits which are unlikely to cover the expenses associated with your injuries.
This is especially true because motorcycle injuries are likely to be more serious than passenger car injuries. Ironically this is one reason why cyclists have to fight so hard. Their cases are more expensive, so the defendant works harder to assign blame to the cyclists.
Riders aren’t helped much by the stigma and assumptions attached to motorcycles. Nor are they helped by the grim reality of most motorcycle cases: many victims are in no shape to take any helpful action on their own behalf in the crucial minutes after the collision.
The defense nearly always gets a huge head start in these cases. Don’t give them a larger one by failing to call a lawyer before you speak to anyone else.
Wrongful Death Cases
It’s tragic but true: most motorcycle cases result in the death of the rider.
British Columbia Law allows parents, spouses, or children to recover wrongful death benefits when this happens. These benefits cover the loss of your loved one’s companionship, the loss of income, funeral benefits, and medical benefits.
The amount you get will depend largely on the skill of your lawyer. While the money can’t restore your loved one to you it can help you survive and pay your bills.
Reach out to a lawyer as soon as possible. These cases are time sensitive. The sooner you call, the better off you’ll be.
Personal injury lawyers work on contingency. That means you don’t have to pay out of pocket to hire them. Instead, our team gets paid when you get paid.
Most of our clients get far more money with our help than they ever would have gotten on their own. We’re not just talking about the final settlement or verdict amount. They walk away with more after we get paid, too.
Calling us is absolutely risk free. We have a long track record of helping clients just like you. You can trust we’ll fight hard to win your case.
Schedule your free consultation today to take advantage of some of Canada’s toughest and most experienced motorbike lawyers. Call (250) 385-7777 or visit our offices at: 810 Humboldt St, Suite A02, Victoria, BC V8V 5B1, Canada