In the summer, many “Ontarians” ride their bikes. It is a popular form of exercise and recreational activity for many people, and it is an environmentally friendly and easy form of transportation for others.
However, many bicyclists in Kingston, Ottawa and Whitby are also injured in bicycle-car or bicycle-truck accidents. Cyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries due to the fact that they do not have a lot of protection if they are hit. The only safety equipment bicyclists have is their helmets. If bicyclists are hit by other vehicles, their bodies come in direct contact with the vehicles. They may be thrown several feet in the air after impact, land on the road/pavement and sustain serious injuries, such as:
- orthopedic injuries, e.g., bone fractures in arms, legs, hips, etc.,
- concussions/head injuries, or
- traumatic brain injuries.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain and head injuries may be one of the most severe injuries cyclists sustain during bicycling accidents. It is important that brain and head injuries are diagnosed as quickly as possible so that injured cyclists may receive proper treatment.
Oftentimes, injured cyclists have orthopedic injuries that are treated first. Therefore, head and brain injuries may go undetected, especially mild traumatic brain injuries. Many cyclists do not know they have mild traumatic brain injuries until they resume their daily activities. They may have difficulty concentrating at work or start to get severe headaches when they perform jobs that are cognitively demanding. Some may have difficulty with short-term memory or even difficulty finding words they normally use.
Therefore, if cyclists or their family members discover these symptoms or any other unusual behaviour, they should see their medical providers as soon as possible. Though they may feel fine after the bicycle-car accidents, bicyclists may have sustained mild traumatic brain injuries.
Related: Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries After Car Accidents in Kingston and Ottawa
Injured Bicyclists’ Legal Rights After Being Hit by Cars or Trucks
Injured bicyclists have legal rights after being hit by cars or trucks in Ottawa, Kingston or Whitby. They may be able to file tort claims or lawsuits against the at-fault drivers. Some of the financial damages they may be able to recover in the lawsuits are:
- medical treatment expenses,
- out of pocket expenses,
- lost wages, and
- non-pecuniary damages (pain and suffering).
In addition, injured bicyclists may be eligible to receive accident benefits from their own car insurance companies. Benefits may include medical and rehabilitation care benefits, income replacement benefits, caregiver benefits, etc. For a detailed discussion about bicyclists receiving accident benefits, see Injured in a Bicycle-Car Accident in Kingston, Ottawa or Whitby? Know Your Legal Rights.
Help After Getting Hit by Cars, Trucks or Buses While Cycling
If you were hit by a motor vehicle while cycling, call the lawyers at Bergeron Clifford to help. The personal injury lawyers at Bergeron Clifford will help you recover the maximum financial compensation you are entitled to. Call today for a FREE consultation. 1-866-384-5886.