Airdrie Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Most motorcycle accidents are severe and life-altering. There’s simply no contest when an 1000 kg car hits a much smaller, lighter motorcycle and its rider. The typical motorcycle accident results in significant damages that can prevent you from living or working the same way ever again.
If motorist’s reckless behavior has wrecked your life and health, then Canadian law says you’re entitled to compensation. Yet you won’t get it on your own. You need a legal team by your side, one who understands all the complications a motorcycle accident case can create.
Complication #1: The Expense
Insurance companies fight harder in motorcycle cases. Just consider some of the most common types of injury:
- Severe head trauma and brain injuries
- Severe spinal or back injuries
- Paralysis or partial paralysis
These types of injuries usually need years of follow-up care, care which Medicare won’t cover. For example, you may need dental reconstructive surgery. Medicare doesn’t cover that. You may need years of physical therapy. Medicare doesn’t cover that either.
These injuries often impact a victim’s ability to work, which means pursuing a loss of earning capacity claim. Most insurance companies prefer not to pay those claims, too.
Thus, they will work as hard as possible to say the accident was your fault. If they can’t do that, they’ll assign the rider as much blame as possible. Alberta is a comparative negligence province, which means in Airdrie each participant in an accident gets assigned a percentage of fault. You can recover as long as you are less than 51% at fault, but the award amount is reduced by that percentage.
Let’s say the driver is found to be 90% at fault and you’re found to be 10% at fault. You’re awarded $300,000. You don’t get all $300,000. You lose $30,000 of that money because you were 10% at fault.
Who wouldn’t want to pay $270,000 instead of $300,000? You can see why it’s in the insurance company’s best interests to dispute every part of your claim. It’s in yours to get a lawyer who will fight them.
Complication #2: Unconscious Bias
A rider often faces an uphill battle because judges and juries tend to believe riders cause accidents, not drivers. This unconscious bias can cost you tens of thousands of dollars unless you have a lawyer who knows how to work around it.
The stigma is real. It makes sense to call a motorcycle accident lawyer the moment you are medically capable of doing so. We can file your claim for you. We can investigate your accident and reconstruct the facts of the crash, even if you were unconscious directly after.
We have decades of experience at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. We’re client-focused, friendly, and ready to help. Best of all, we don’t get paid unless you get paid.
Ready to start your case?
Email us at [email protected]. You’ll be matched with one of our top-notch personal injury lawyers. We’ll evaluate the strength of your case, answer your questions and walk you through the next steps.