The exhilaration and thrill of riding a motorcycle on the open road, especially in the warmer months, is immeasurable. Unfortunately, this joy can come to an abrupt and sad halt due to careless, drunk, aggressive, and negligent driving. The number of motorcyclists who incur injuries, including fatal ones, is exceedingly high compared to drivers and passengers in car accidents.
Bergel Magence LLP understands the pain and suffering that accompanies an injury caused by another party’s negligence. We help accident victims fight liable parties and involved insurance companies for monetary compensation, so that the injured individuals can cover their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Even though no amount of compensation can take away the pain and trauma, it will help you and your family get your lives back on track.
If you are a motorcycle accident victim, contact our Toronto motorcycle injury lawyers at 416-665-2000 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
How We Can Help
Motorcyclists are more exposed to potential dangers on the road than persons in traditional vehicles because of the lack of standard protection features found in traditional vehicles, such as airbags and safety belts. Therefore, when accidents happen, even the most defensive riders end often up suffering devastating injuries or worse. The majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by other motorists, including careless and impaired drivers.
Unfortunately, when riders file for compensation after an accident, they are unfairly categorized by some insurance companies and their adjusters as "more careless" than other vehicle operators. This is where an experienced and knowledgeable litigation attorney plays a vital role in protecting your rights and fighting for what you deserve.
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, you should reach out to a Toronto personal injury lawyer as soon as possible for legal counsel. At Bergel Magence, we offer you a free initial meeting where we will evaluate your case and advise as to whether you have strong and valid reasons to file a personal injury claim.
Our firm puts your health and well-being first, which is why we take on the legal weight of your claim, allowing you to focus on your treatment and recovery. We start by helping you file a notice of intent to claim compensation and any other paperwork required to begin your lawsuit.
Over the years, Bergel Magence LLP has built relationships with some of Ontario's top medical specialists, who offer our clients access to first-rate treatment, medical care, and rehabilitation.
Contact our motorcycle accident injury lawyers in Toronto for a free evaluation of your case.
Bergel Magence is a premier personal injury firm in Toronto focused on providing exceptional legal representation to injured persons across Ontario, including those hurt in motorcycle accidents. Our firm’s dedication is to our clients' well-being and seeking the compensation they are rightfully owed.
We are a family-run law firm with almost 50 years of experience litigating injury claims in Ontario. This means that we have the expertise, in-depth personal injury knowledge, and resources to handle even the most complex claims against giant insurance companies.
Bergel Magence is a full-service personal injury law firm with a team of legal professionals ready to assist you with your claim. Our team consists of lawyers, paralegals, personal injury consultants, clerks, and other professionals. They work together to offer personalized services to our clients and to address to their unique needs.
Through tailored services, commitment to clients, and a proven success record, Bergel Magence has earned a reputation for excellence in Toronto and across Ontario. Reach out to our personal injury lawyers today for legal advice.
Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Toronto
Given that motorcycles account for only about 2-3% of all the motor vehicles on Canadian roads, it's troubling that riders are 15 more times likely to be in a crash and 13.5 times likely to die in a traffic collision compared to car drivers. The high likelihood of motorcyclists suffering fatalities and severe injuries is expected given the relative physical instability of motorcycles and lack of protective enclosures, which cars have.
But what causes motorcycle accidents? Well, there are various reasons, a small percentage of which, similar to other groups of motorists, result from poor riding skills and negligent riders. However, the highest number of motorcycle accidents is caused by other factors.
· Harmful Roadways
Poorly engineered and maintained roads and motorist streets are a notable cause of motorcycle accidents. Potholes and icy roads can lead to devastating accidents, causing injuries and fatalities to riders. For injuries resulting from harmful roadways, one can file a claim against the contractors or those charged with ensuring that the roads are safe for use by motorists.
· Unsafe Lane Changes
If a driver changes lanes in an ill-advised manner, they can hit the rear or front part of a motorcycle or suddenly cut off a motorcyclist, leading to an accident. Unsafe lane changes are among the leading cause of high-speed motorcycle accidents, which often lead to catastrophic injuries and instant fatalities.
· Defective Equipment
In some cases, motorcycle accidents can result from defective motorcycle parts. Whether the defect is design or production-related, the party responsible and their distributors can be held liable for any injuries incurred during the accident. Also, if your protective gear fails to provide protection as it should under those specific conditions and circumstances, one can sue the makers and suppliers for compensation if they sustain an injury.
· DUI and Reckless Driving
Reckless driving, speeding, making sudden stops, failing to adhere to traffic rules, and driving under the influence can lead to catastrophic accidents, especially when a motorcycle is involved. Motorcycle accidents that result from reckless driving or impaired driving may trigger criminal charges and civil injury claims for any injuries and damages incurred by victims.
The above are just a few of the many causes of motorcycle accidents in Canada. The fact is, while riding delivers an irrefutable thrill, motorcyclists face immense dangers every time they hit the road. If you or someone you love were in a motorcycle accident and sustained injuries, no matter the cause of the crash, reach out to our Toronto personal injury lawyers for a free evaluation of your case.
You Don't Pay Unless We Win
At Bergel Magence LLP, we put your personal needs and interests first, including your treatment and recovery. We understand how devastating a motorcycle accident is to you and your family and its impact on your life, including your finances. For this reason, our firm offers a free, no-obligation consultation. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we only get paid after obtaining your compensation.
Call us at 416-665-2000 to speak to one of our motorcycle accident lawyers in Toronto.
Do I need a lawyer if I have been in a motorcycle accident?
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, you might be entitled to monetary compensation. Filing a personal injury claim and fighting for reimbursement by yourself can prove quite frustrating and complex, especially while undergoing treatment or rehabilitation. Given that an experienced personal injury lawyer knows the ins and outs of personal injury laws and how to get you maximum compensation, it's in your best interest to retain their services. A good lawyer will negotiate with the insurance company for the best possible settlement or face them in court to get what you deserve.
Our motorcycle accident injury lawyers have access to top physicians, accident reconstruction experts, and engineers, who can analyze the details of your case and explain what happened, what you lost, and what it means for your future. Such expert testimony boosts your claim considerably during negotiation or trial.
Retain an experienced personal injury lawyer today for exceptional legal counsel.
How much will it cost to hire a motorcycle accident lawyer?
At Bergel Magence LLP, we work on a contingency basis. This means that our legal fee is a percentage of the compensation we obtain for you. In other words, do not hesitate to retain us because you don't have the funds for a lawyer. Our consultation is free, and we only get paid after getting your benefits through negotiations or trial.
You Have Been in A Motor Vehicle Accident, Now What?
If you were in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing you should do is address any urgent medical needs. If you’re able to, you should call the police to come and take a report of the accident. Next, get the insurance information of other persons involved in the accident and take photos to document the damage to your motorcycle and other vehicles.
Remember, documentation is essential when looking to file a claim. Therefore, keep all medical bills and records safe and organized.
After receiving treatment, contact a personal injury lawyer in Toronto for legal guidance on your claim. Bergel Magence offers a free, no-obligation consultation.
How long will my motorcycle accident case take to be resolved?
Each motorcycle accident case is unique, and the time taken to reach a resolution varies as per its specific details. At Bergel Magence LLP, we strive to ensure that your case is resolved as quickly as possible while getting you the maximum compensation you deserve.