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Bicycle riders entitled to medical and rehabilitation benefits when in car accident

August 06, 2015, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

The Waterloo Region Record recently reported on two serious bicycle accidents in the region.  The accidents involved a collision with a car and bicycle.  The first incident occurred on Highway 7/8 near New Hamburg.  It was reported that the bicycle rider was riding in the passing lane of the highway late in the evening, just before midnight.  There were two bicycle riders near Nafzinger Road.  The other bicycle rider was riding in the shoulder.  The car, driven by a young girl, struck the bicycle rider while on the highway.  The bicycle rider was pronounced dead at the hospital.  The article notes that the bicycle may not have had lights.  According to the article, provincial law requires bikes to be operated with a white light at the front and a rear red light or reflector, which need to be operational 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise.  

The second accident occurred in Waterloo when a bicycle rider was struck by a car that did not stop at a stop sign.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Conservation Drive and Erbsville Road.  The driver of the car was charged with failing to yield.  The bicycle rider suffered a broken arm, dislocated elbow and facial fractures.

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When you are involved in an accident involving a car or other motor vehicle in Ontario, then you, or your surviving family members are entitled to certain benefits under an car insurance policy of one of the involved parties.  There are a variety of medical, rehabilitation and death benefits that are available, regardless of who is at fault for the accident.  Even in the case of a bicycle rider, who may not have their own car insurance policy, they are entitled to benefits either from the insurer for the car that struck them, or where there is not insurance available for whatever reason, then through the Motor Vehicle Accident Claim Fund, operated by the Ontario government.  It is important to contact a personal injury lawyer with experience in motor vehicle accident claims to ensure you obtain all benefits and compensation to which you are entitled.  There are strict limitation periods and you should act soon to ensure you do not lose your right to seek compensation for your losses. 

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