Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer
Riding a motorcycle can be a thrilling yet practical and cost-effective alternative to driving a car. Unfortunately, on Ontario’s busy roads, operating a motorcycle comes with risks – from inconsiderate or negligent drivers and unwary pedestrians to poor road conditions and bad weather. On top of that, motorcycles are relatively small and maneuverable. Drivers of larger vehicles often do not see a motorcycle approaching or misjudge its speed.
Being injured in a motorcycle accident can be overwhelming. You will face physical and emotional hardships and unplanned financial issues like income loss, medical and rehabilitation costs, childcare fees and more. Let our experienced legal team help you through these difficult times. At Campisi, our first priority is to invest our expertise, time and resources into getting you and your family the timely, quality care you deserve. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, our personal injury lawyers can advise if you are entitled to compensation and tell you what a reasonable settlement could be for your case.
What you need to know
As a rider, you have the same responsibilities as other motor vehicles on the road. However, in a vehicle/motorcycle accident, you are at least as vulnerable as a pedestrian to serious injury. Beyond the massive unequal force at impact, the likelihood of secondary injury – from the wreckage, the colliding vehicle, the road, or being thrown from the bike – too often result in catastrophic injuries. No helmet can fully protect a rider from a serious impact. Head injury and traumatic brain injury are far too common. The fear and helplessness a motorcycle accident victim experiences can create permanent psychological damage. All of these factors lead to long and difficult recovery periods. At Campisi LLP, we will work with your rehabilitation team to ensure you receive the quality of care you deserve.
What you need to do
Knowing what to do and the steps to take after a motorcycle accident can have a huge impact on your recovery and your claim for compensation. When you have suffered a serious injury in any vehicle accident, you should follow the steps outlined in our Accident Injury Guide, as soon as possible. Take photos of any damage to your motorcycle, helmet and clothing. Keep your damaged clothing. It may be useful evidence at trial.
- Within 60 days after the occurrence of the injury, written notice of the claim, including the date, time and location of the occurrence, has been personally served on or sent by registered mail to at least one person listed in subsection.
- Generally, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault parties. We can advise you regarding your access to Accident Benefits after a car accident. However, you must act fast as there are strict time limits.
- Within 7 days of the accident: Inform the accident benefits insurance company of the accident and that you were hurt.
- Within 30 days of receiving an accident benefits application: Send in the completed application that was provided to you by the insurance company. If you take longer, the insurer can delay your benefits for 45 days and may be able to deny you benefits altogether.
- Within 10 business days of receiving a request for information: Your insurance company can request information needed to determine your entitlement. You have 10 business days to provide it, or they can suspend or deny your benefits.
Within 2 years of a denial: If your insurance company denies benefits to which you are entitled, you must apply to the License and Appeals Tribunal to dispute the denial.
Other important information
Even if you think you are at fault, you could still be a victim of negligence and should consult with a reputable motorcycle accident lawyer. Possible negligence includes ice or snow-covered roads, defects on the road surface, improper road design or sightline obstructions. Lawsuits against cities and municipalities require that notice of a pending lawsuit be submitted within 10 days following the accident date. It is therefore urgent that you consult with a law firm that will take the necessary steps to protect your rights.
Compensation for your injuries can include damages for:
- Pain and suffering;
- Loss of income and out of pocket expenses;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Economic losses incurred by family members;
- Cost of future medical treatment and care;
- Cost of future attendant care;
- Loss of future ability to earn money in the job market;
- Cost of housekeeping and caregiving;
- Loss of shared family income;
- Loss of care, guidance and companionship suffered by your immediate family;
- and more.
Should I get a lawyer for a motorcycle accident?
It is always a good idea to consult with a reputable personal injury lawyer if you have been in a motorcycle accident. Even after a seemingly minor collision, you can suffer permanent and serious impairments including chronic pain conditions or post-concussion syndrome.
What is the average payout for a motorcycle accident?
There is no “average” payout for a serious motorcycle claim. Settlements are based on the degree of functional impairment an accident victim suffers, and the overall impact it has on his or her life. Since motorcyclists often suffer devastating injuries, many such settlements are for a good deal of money. However, all settlements are a form of compromise between the accident victim and the insurance company. A reasonable settlement is one where you have received fair compensation for your impairments while avoiding the risk of a trial. It is not a windfall, but is based on medical and other evidence, and the relative strength of your evidence. A reputable personal; injury lawyer will advise you every step of the way so that you understand the reasonable range of settlement for your case, and will not make empty promises about how much you can expect.
Are accident lawyers worth it?
It is always worth consulting a reputable personal injury lawyer if you have been involved in an accident. At Campisi LLP, we are pleased to offer a free consultation with no obligations on you so that you can feel confident that you know the process and what to expect. The insurance companies behind the scenes are experts who have unlimited resources and “win” by making sure you do not receive fair compensation for your injuries. A good lawyer will have the knowledge and commitment to fight for your right to a fair settlement against the insurers.
How Campisi can help
Insurance companies use a number of factors to value a case. These include: your age, amount of vehicular damage, whether you were hospitalized, whether you sustained fractures and your loss of income. At Campisi LLP, we know these details don’t tell the whole story.
We are available 7 days a week to answer your questions, provide legal advice and help you and your family through difficult times.
Cases that Campisi has won for motorcycle drivers:
- Client suffered a traumatic brain injury. The defendant claimed he was at fault for riding without insurance and while impaired. Total compensation of $1.15 Million
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One sunny afternoon I was riding my motorcycle when a person in a pick-up truck failed to yield the right of way running into the side of me. Due to this accident I sustained very serious injuries. Someone recommended me to Joseph Campisi LLP and am I ever glad they did. Joseph and his team explained the process in which they would follow and guided me through it. Joseph got me a quick settlement for the maximum amount the driver was insured for. Joseph and his team brought peace of mind to myself and my family. I would and have strongly recommended Campisi LLP.
Why Choose Campisi?
A champion with heart
When you’re a victim of an accident, everything can seem upside down. You need someone who cares enough to help you through the process, but also someone who’s strong enough to battle tirelessly on your behalf. You need an advocate with a heart.
We guarantee to always put your future first
You don’t pay for anything until your case is won or settled. We treat you as we would our family, making ourselves available 7 days a week to guide you through these difficult times. We are selective when taking on new clients so that you receive the attention you deserve, and the commitment to win your case.
Campisi is head of the class
At Campisi LLP, you and your family are in good hands. Our Managing Partner is not only an exemplary personal injury lawyer, he is a professor of Insurance Law at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School. Our lawyers have successfully represented thousands of clients with serious injuries like yours, and will use their extensive knowledge of the law, the medicine and the insurance system to win your case.