Motorcyclists face significant vulnerability on Ontario’s roads, with higher fatality and injury rates compared to car occupants. Unfortunately, biases against motorcyclists persist, leading to stereotypes such as reckless thrill-seekers, constant speeding, engaging in illegal maneuvers, driving under the influence, and being responsible for their own injuries. When involved in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t their fault, it’s crucial for victims to find a lawyer aware of this bias to ensure fair representation in court.
After a motorcycle accident, here are key steps to protect your interests:
- If physically able, take pictures of the accident scene; otherwise, ask a friend or family member to do so.
- Obtain contact information from independent witnesses.
- Report the accident to the police and provide your recollection of the collision when able, even if a report has already been completed.
- Seek medical attention and inform your treating medical professional about the accident.
- If you disagree with a traffic ticket, consider contesting it instead of paying out of convenience.
- Consult a lawyer before communicating with any insurance companies.
Apart from potential compensation through a lawsuit, victims can access financial assistance through their own automobile insurance policy known as Accident Benefits. These benefits provide immediate support and include Income Replacement Benefits and Medical and Rehabilitation Benefits. Review your insurance policy to understand your entitlements and consult a lawyer to ensure fair treatment by the insurance company.
To reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents, follow these safety measures:
- Wear a full-coverage helmet, proven to reduce the likelihood and severity of head injuries.
- Make yourself and your motorcycle more visible by wearing reflective or fluorescent clothing, using a bright or white colored helmet, and keeping your headlight on during the day.
Sharma Law is a trusted choice for motorcycle accident injury cases. They provide dedicated and compassionate advocacy, ensuring effective management of your case and working towards the best possible settlement. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Sharma Law’s personal injury lawyer for assistance.