Springtime is here and so are the bicyclists. Unfortunately, this also means that more car-bicycle collisions are on the horizon. The operators of motor vehicles all struggle with keeping an eye out for cyclists due to their slim silhouettes. Additionally, many parts of the country are also still lacking in designated bike lanes which forces cyclists to utilize the regular traffic lanes.
However, even when an area has marked a designated cyclist lane, there will still be motor vehicles parked inside or swerving over the border line which puts cyclists at risk, despite them fully obeying the laws and regulations. Ultimately, it will always be the cyclists who are the vulnerable party doomed to sustain worse injuries in the event of a collision with another vehicle.
What happens in the event of a bicycle – motor vehicle collision?
When two motor vehicles collide, we are usually dealing with two parties who are both insured so the question comes down to which one of the two will be the one who needs to pay up for sustained damages by the other party. However, in the event of a cyclist – motor vehicle collision, we are dealing with one party who is not obligated to be insured.
Despite this, cyclists are still required to follow the rules and regulations regarding their behavior on public roads. Additionally, motor vehicle operators and cyclists are also both covered by the no fault insurance scheme in the event of a collision, which means that they will still obtain coverage for their injuries, regardless of whether they are found liable for causing the accident or not.
First steps after the collision has taken place.
Immediately after the collision, your number one priority should be to check everyone involved for injuries, including yourself. You should also report the collision to the police so that an officer is called to the scene who will then later write up a report which could be used to build a personal injury case, should you choose to do so.
It should also be mentioned that, even if you do not believe that you have sustained any noteworthy injuries, it would still be best to go in for a medical checkup. Brain injuries especially, are prone to come with late onset symptoms that would not be noticeable to you at first, but that can turn into a serious long-term condition. Thus, if you or a loved one has been a victim of an accident and sustained injuries, it is important to consult with a trusted and experienced personal injury lawyer in Calgary, so that they can help you get maximum amount as compensation.