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3 Things You Need to Know About Motorcycle Accidents (even if you don’t ride)

During the summer months, thousands of motorcycle riders take to the roads to experience the thrill and joy of riding on two wheels. Alberta is known for long stretches of highway, bordered by incredible views of the prairies and Rocky Mountains. In the city, many riders also enjoy the convenience of a bike over a large vehicle— such as the ability to park in tight spaces and save money on gas… all factors that make motorcycles an attractive choice for commuting. As with any type of vehicle, accidents do happen and, in a split second, your life can change forever. Whether you’re an avid rider or prefer to drive on four wheels, there are three things you should probably know about motorcycle accidents:

  1. Alberta saw a 90% increase in fatal motorcycle crashes in 2020. Some experts suggest that reduced traffic during the pandemic led to more open stretches of highway and more bikers riding at dangerous speeds. It’s a really heartbreaking spike that continues to be explored in terms of the cause. Whether you are a rider or driving a vehicle, it’s important to be careful out there.
  2. Even the most cautious motorcycle riders can be involved an accident that results in serious injury. Many motorcyclists know that other drivers often don’t watch for or even see them. Bikes get easily lost in blind spots, and it’s harder for drivers to judge how far away an oncoming motorcycle is compared to a larger vehicle like a car. Always watch out for motorcyclists if you are on the road.
  3. In our experience, motorcycle accidents are typically more severe and those injured often need more ongoing medical treatment than car accidents. Motorcyclists do not have the physical protection of a large metal frame or airbags against the impact of other vehicles or the open road. As a result, even an accident that might normally constitute a minor fender bender between two vehicles can result in serious injury or even death when a bike is involved.     

In Alberta, you generally have up to two years from the date of an accident to make a claim in court, or your right to do so is lost forever.  But it’s important not to wait as there may be other important deadlines or circumstances that may affect the deadline of your claim.   

We understand how important it is to your recovery to receive fair compensation. Our Motorcycle Accident lawyers have experience with serious and complex motorcycle accident claims, so give us a call to get free legal answers. Initial consults are always free and, if you do choose us, we don’t get paid until your claim is resolved.   

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