Ottawa Motorcycle Accidents
What a day ! It’s absolutely gorgeous outside and as we head into the weekend we wanted to remind drivers to be on the lookout for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles. There will no doubt be many more people out on the roads with this nice weather. Our Ottawa injury team hopes that the increased number of motorcycles on the roads doesn’t mean an increase in the number of motorcycle accidents.
Did you know that between 2008 and 2012 there were 776 motorcycle accidents in Ottawa areas ? these motorcycle accidents resulted in 517 serious injuries and 13 deaths.
What are some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Ottawa ?
A motorcycle accident can be caused by anyone. The most common motorcycle accidents we see typically caused by vehicles making a left hand into an oncoming motorcycle, vehicles changing lanes and not leaving enough room for a motorcycle to get by, other drivers failing to see motorcycles; and drivers and motorcycles not having enough time and distance to break safely.
Unfortunately, when it comes to motorcycle accidents, motorcycles don’t offer the same type of protection that a car or truck offers. In most cases, when a motorcycle and a car collide, the motorcycle driver sustains the most serious injuries. Most motorcycle accidents results in orthopaedic injuries, fractures, severe scrapes and scars, amputation injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and often times result in death.
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In Ontario, a motorcycle is considered to be a motor vehicle and therefore follows the same rules under the Highway Traffic Act, as well as The Insurance Bureau of Canada. What this means is that if you are involved in a motorcycle accident, it follows exactly the same rules as a car accident. Depending on the extent of the accident, it must be reported to police and depending on the extent of the injuries sustained in the motorcycle accident, an insurance claim can be made and accident benefits can be accessed.
Accident Benefits for Motorcycle Accidents
Anyone seriously injured in a motorcycle accident can apply for accident benefits through their own insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver involved in the accident. In the rare situation where there is no insurance for either driver an application can be made to the Ontario Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund. Typical accident benefits for motorcycle accidents include: income replacement benefits, caregiver benefits, housekeeping benefits, medical and rehabilitation benefits, and death benefits.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident it’s best you consult with a personal injury lawyer experienced in motorcycle accidents. Most lawyers offer free consultations and can sit down with you at your home or hospital and walk you through what options you have after a motorcycle accident. Our Ottawa personal injury lawyers are highly experienced in maximizing motorcycle accident insurance claims. Let our experience and hard work ethic work for you. You have been through enough.
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