Ontarians have long embraced walking and cycling, with more than 30% of residents in some neighbourhoods relying on their bicycles for their main form of transportation. While that is great news for the general health and wellbeing of our community and our environment, there are many safety issues to consider for these vulnerable road users.
People out for a walk, a jog, or a bike ride are especially vulnerable because they lack the protection that a car offers to occupants. They have almost no way to avoid injury if they are hit by a motor vehicle. When drivers aren’t paying attention, are busy on their phones, make a mistake, or drive too quickly on our streets, they can cause horrific injuries to cyclists and pedestrians, including fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.
The use of e-bikes and e-scooters are on the rise as well. Unfortunately, as e-bikes and e-scooters become more popular, injuries and accidents become more common. E-bikes can go up to 32 km/h, and riders are more likely to have serious injuries when involved in an accident than people on a regular bicycle, due to the high speeds.
Victims of serious accidents, especially vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians, need assistance and care. At Howie, Sacks & Henry, we are here to help to get their lives back on track. Fighting for the rights of highly vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians is something that we are well known for in the legal and medical community.
How can a bike accident or pedestrian accident lawyer help me if I have been injured in Ontario?
Hopefully you never need us – but if you do, we’re here to help you start rebuilding your life.
If you or a family member have been hit and injured by a motor vehicle while walking or cycling you need legal advice to protect your rights and ensure you receive proper treatment and fair compensation. You need assistance to access the benefits you are entitled to, and the treatment you need, to achieve the best recovery possible. You need help to obtain the compensation you deserve. We are experienced personal injury lawyers and we understand what you’re going through. From immediate care needs and dealing with insurance companies, to future expenses like rehabilitation services, modifying your home or compensating for lost income, there’s a lot to think about. You don’t need to face it alone. We are here to help.
Can your bike accident or pedestrian accident lawyers help with accidents in different cities in Ontario?
At Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP we have bike and pedestrian accident lawyers who can meet with you throughout Ontario, including in:
- Richmond Hill
Learn more about bike safety
If you are lucky, you will never need our help. Learning more about safety and prevention can help you minimize injury or avoid accidents altogether. Please see the following resources for more information on bike safety:
- Bike Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility
- Winter Cycling: Safety Tips for Cycling in A Winter Wonderland
- Buying an E-Bike or Motorcycle-Like Car? Find out if you Need Insurance
- Cycling Accidents Without Insurance, Who Pays?
- Cycling Hand Signals And Other Tips For Drivers
- Prevent Brain Injuries: Bike Helmet Safety For Kids
In addition to motor vehicle accidents, our Ontario accident lawyers can provide legal assistance on a variety of accident claims including (but not limited to):
- Bike accidents
- Cycling accidents
- E-bike accidents
- E-scooter accidents
- Jogger accidents
- Pedestrian accidents