Much like motorcycles, people riding bicycles are vulnerable road users. And while many cities, including Ottawa, are becoming more bike-friendly and car drivers are accustomed to sharing the road with cyclists, accidents still happen. Over 7,000 cyclists are seriously injured in Canada every year.
Given how exposed cyclists are, these accidents can often cause serious injury. They are also often the result of car driver negligence or poor road conditions (such as potholes).
Under Ontario law, cyclists are actually considered to be “pedestrians”, not motorists. And in the event of an accident where it is alleged that a car driver is negligent, there is a reverse onus in favour of the cyclist. This means that the car driver has to prove that they were not negligent (rather than the cyclist having to prove that the car driver was negligent). This distinction makes it easier for a cyclist to pursue a claim against a car driver.
If you have been injured riding your bike, you may be entitled to compensation. Our Personal Injury Group can assist you in working out what you entitlements are, and helping you navigate the claim process. For more information, contact our team today.