It’s never easy to deal with the physical and emotional impact of a cycling accident. Making matters worse, bike accident victims often face overwhelming debt due to steep medical bills and lost income. The Ottawa injury lawyer in Villeneuve's Litigation practice can alleviate the stress by answering your claims-related questions and helping you and your family fight for the compensation you deserve.
The firm's injury lawyer has a reputation for aggressive settlement negotiations and tough litigation practices. The firm is passionate about helping clients recover the maximum compensation from those who have harmed them. Schedule your free consultation today.
The best accident lawyers tend to be those who have successfully handled a variety of claims. Each case is unique, and it takes experience and finely tuned legal strategies to overcome the hurdles standing between accident victims and a fair settlement.
Villeneuve's Litigation practice is here to assist clients in the following types of bike and cycling accidents caused by:
Negligent, distracted, or inattentive driving
Failing to obey a stop sign or traffic control device
Failing to yield the right-of-way to a cyclist at an intersection
Defective bicycle parts (such as brakes, seats, or handlebars)
‘Dooring’ accidents (i.e. when the driver or passenger of a parked car suddenly opens the car door in the pathway of an oncoming cyclist, causing the cyclist injuries)
If you intend to file a claim, you should be able to prove that the at-fault driver had a duty of care and breached that duty of care. All motorists on Ontario roads have a duty to drive safely and avoid reckless behaviors that would put other people including cyclist in danger. This would include:
Drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
Drive while distracted;
Make illegal turns;
Fail to keep their vehicles safe;
Break the speed limit; or
Engage in other illegal or reckless behaviors.
In order for an injured cyclist to recover for injuries and damages sustained in an accident caused by a motor vehicle driver, the injured cyclist needs to prove negligence on the part of the driver. Specifically, the injured cyclist should be able to establish that 1) the driver failed to act as an ordinary, reasonable, and prudent driver under the circumstances; and 2) that this breach factually and legally resulted in the cyclist’s injuries and damages.
Some of the most common types of injuries sustained in Ottawa bicycle accidents include fractures and broken bones, concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s), soft tissue injuries, permanent scarring (especially facial scarring), spinal cord injuries, and death.
Upon proving negligence on the part of a motor vehicle driver, an injured cyclist may be able to recover damages for related medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of earning capacity, and loss of spousal companionship.
In cases of defective bicycle handlebars, seats, or brakes, an injured bicyclist may have a cause of action against the bicycle manufacturer or distributor for products liability. The damages available to injured plaintiffs in products liability cases are similar to those available in negligence cases.
No lawyer in Ontario can guarantee a specific outcome for your case. It is important to know that there are numerous factors that will influence whether your claim is successful and the amount of compensation you ultimately recover.
Those factors include:
The cost of the medical bills you have incurred;
The cost of any future medical treatment you will need;
The amount of income you lost due to your injuries;
Whether your injuries have affected your future earning capacity;
Whether you required home modifications to accommodate your injury;
The cost of fixing your vehicle; or
Whether your injury caused scarring, disability, or the loss of a bodily function.
Time is of the essence in any car accident claim. If you were hurt or lost a family member in a car accident in Ontario, turn to Villeneuve Litigation for reliable legal guidance. Call or text (613) 983-0610 or use our contact form
to schedule a free consultation.