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In 2020, over 100,000 people were injured in car accidents in Canada. Motorcyclists are far more likely to be injured in an accident, with reports estimating that motorcyclists are injured in over 90% of accidents.
With motorcycle accidents being so devastating, it is essential for all drivers to have an insurance policy that will cover their damages and medical expenses. It is nearly as important to know a trustworthy motorcycle accident lawyer to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to after an accident.
At Zayouna Law Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience representing and advising clients throughout Etobicoke and the GTA following motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle accidents can have various causes. The most common scenario involves a driver cutting off a motorcycle when turning or changing lanes because they don’t see the motorcycle coming.
A report from the OPP found that the motorcyclist was responsible for over 60% of fatal collisions. This is largely because roughly one-quarter of motorcycle accidents are single-vehicle collisions.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
As a motorcyclist, there are several things you can do to protect yourself on the road. Taking motorcycle driving lessons, wearing a helmet, and making yourself more visible on the road can all be potentially life-saving.
Motorcycle accidents, like car accidents, are most common at intersections. The most common types of motorcycle accidents are:
It is crucial to make sure you take the right steps at the scene of the accident to gather the necessary information for your insurance claim, and you strengthen any cases you might have to make in court.
The key steps to remember at the scene of an accident are to:
It is also important to remember not to apologize, admit fault, or discuss the details of the accident with the other drivers involved. This can be difficult, but if you admit fault, it can hurt your case during your insurer’s investigation.
After the accident, the priority is to attend to any injuries incurred. Seek medical attention right away and keep receipts or records of any treatments you receive.
You will also want to notify your insurer about the accident as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours. Claims must be made within 30 days of the accident in Ontario. Tell your insurer about any injuries you experienced in the accident. You will likely have to fill out separate forms for medical claims and damage claims.
When filing your insurance claim, your insurer will ask you to provide all of the following:
The sooner you file your claim, the sooner you will receive compensation and the more likely your claim will be approved. If your insurance claim is denied, you can challenge the claim, but you’ll probably want to consult with a lawyer first.
A motorcycle accident lawyer can help you through every step of the process of seeking compensation for your losses. From helping you file your insurance claim to filing a lawsuit against the other driver.
If your insurance claim is denied, the process for resubmitting or challenging the claim can get pretty complex if you aren’t familiar with the process. Working with an Etobicoke motorcycle accident lawyer will help to educate you about the process, gather additional evidence, and strengthen your case during the arbitration.
If you want to file a tort claim, or a lawsuit, against the other driver or another third party, then having an experienced lawyer on your side is essential. They will work with you to build a plan and represent you in court or settlement discussions, looking out for your best interests.
If you need any legal assistance after a motorcycle accident, don’t wait to consult with a lawyer.
If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a motorcycle accident, Zayouna Law Firm is here to help. We are a leading motorcycle accident lawyer in Etobicoke with a strong track record of success representing clients across the GTA.
If you are looking for help assessing your options or making a plan for seeking compensation, then don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
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