After any type of motorcycle accident, it is a good idea to seek legal representation. Even if you are not at fault, a lawyer will help ensure you are not taken advantage of by insurance companies and receive the full compensation you are due. A good lawyer will also help assess any liability the other parties involved in the accident may have and, if necessary, help you pursue legal action against them to recover any compensation you may be owed.
If the accident occurred outside of Alberta you should immediately consult one of our experienced accident injury lawyers. Jurisdictions outside of Alberta have different accident reporting and claim filing dates which could result in you losing the right to make a claim if certain timelines are missed. We act for clients throughout Alberta, Ontario, BC & even the United States.
If you are the operator or passenger on a motorcycle that is involved in an accident, you are entitled to Section B no-fault benefits from the insurance company that insures the car you were in. If you are struck by a vehicle as a motorcyclist, you are entitled to Section B no-fault benefits from the insurance company of the vehicle that hit you. “No fault” means you are entitled to these benefits regardless of who is responsible for the accident.
Section B benefits include up to a maximum of $400 per week for lost income for a period of up to two years, providing you are totally disabled and were either employed at the time of the accident, or had worked 6 out of the 12 months prior to the accident. Section B benefits will also pay up to a maximum of $50,000 for anything medically necessary within two years from the date of the accident, provided these costs are not covered by Alberta Health Care or any other plan of insurance.
An experienced injury lawyer who deals with motor vehicle accidents will know what to do when:
- the vehicle driver claims the motorcyclist wasn’t visible or was speeding
- experts are needed to analyze evidence in police reports, eyewitness accounts, etc.
- establishing fault is a challenge
- insurance companies will not treat you fairly.