Bicycle Accident Lawyers in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cycling has become a more and more popular mode of transportation and commuting in Nova Scotia. The roads here are constantly being modified and fitted with bike lanes and laws are changing to adapt the rules of the road and how we share it between cars, pedestrians, cyclists and more.
Unfortunately, not all drivers are used to driving with cyclists or as careful as they should be. Furthermore, not all roads are well equipped to accommodate bicycle traffic.
Bicycle Accidents involving Motorists and Drivers commonly caused by:
- Failing to share the road properly
- Driving while impaired: Whether under the influence of alcohol or drugs, sleep deprivation, etc.
- Failing to see or notice cyclists on the road, at intersections
- Roads aren’t designed to accommodate drivers and cyclists
- Not coming to a complete stop at stop signs or failing to properly yield
- Improper yielding or proceeding 4 Ways, Stops and Lit Traffic Intersections
- Failed stopping or yielding at large or complicated intersections
- Negligent driving, without appropriate care and attention
- Poor weather or traffic conditions leading to a collision
- Driver or cyclist impatience
- Disregarding the posted speed limits
- Failing to properly signal to other drivers and cyclists
What if the Cyclist was At-Fault for the Accident?
Even if the cyclist is at fault for a collision with a motor vehicle, they can still access Section B benefits under the Nova Scotia Insurance Act. These benefits can be accessed through the cyclists insurance policy, if they also own or operate a vehicle with a policy in their name. If they do not, the other driver’s insurance policy may cover the cyclists access to these benefits.
This applies to medical expenses, including rehabilitation through physiotherapy and chiropractic services – incurring costs up to $50,000 over the course of 4 years or less.
Section B benefits may also cover lost wages up to $250 per week.
We Can Help
Whether you are a regular or occasional cyclist, our team of personal injury & accident lawyers can help you determine if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries as well as losses in income and wages.
Call or message us today and tell us what happened to you to learn what options are available to you.
Further Reading About Bicycling in Nova Scotia
- May 24, 2019In recent years, more and more people are using bikes as their preferred mode of transportation. As a result, this has led to increased advocacy for the protection of cyclists, bringing about the construction of more bike lanes as well as legislation …