With spring just around the corner, it’s almost time to take the motorcycle out of hibernation and start planning your summer adventures. Ontario has some of the most scenic roads in Canada for motorcycle enthusiasts to enjoy. However, even if you are practicing safe driving on your motorcycle, accidents and personal injuries may still occur. When and if they do, it is important to know your rights for receiving compensation.
Motorcycle Accident Statistics on Ontario Roads
Taking proper precautions such as wearing appropriate safety gear and a helmet can help reduce the extent of injuries in any accident. Motorcycle riders should also remember that staying visible, riding in control and within posted speed limits are key to staying safe and avoiding accidents.
According to the 2008 Ontario Road Safety Annual Report from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, the following factors are relevant in fatal motorcycle collisions :
- 51% involve speeding and loss of control
- 7.8% involve motorcycle drivers under 25 years of age
- 71% occurred during the day
- 9.8% of the motorcycle drivers were not wearing a helmet
No Fault Insurance Coverage for Motorcycle Accidents
As a result of a motorcycle accident, you may suffer serious brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, or broken bones that could significantly interfere with your daily routines. In many cases, you may be entitled to no fault insurance benefits .Your accident benefits are calculated based on a number of factors, including:
- the severity of your injuries
- your pre-accident income
- any extra accident benefits you may qualify for
If you are injured in a motorcycle collision or any other type of motor vehicle accident, you must apply for accident benefits before you can sue the responsible driver for damages.
Our team of experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers have the expertise to ensure you are accessing all the benefits available to you in the event of a serious motorcycle accident and would be pleased to sit down with you for a free initial consultation.
You can speak to an experienced Ontario Injury Lawyer by calling 1-800-563-6348 or contacting us to receive more information about motorcycle accident claims by email.