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Cyclists rightfully complain about poor drivers and the dangers they pose to cyclists. Drivers hit three cyclists in 24 hours in Toronto last week. Their bad driving habits are a major reason for these accidents. With bikes and cars both sharing the road, safety is everyone's responsibility. Cyclists play a role too.

Our post this week looks at some of the complexities involved when cyclists are injured in road accidents.

Cyclists must obey the rules of the road too

Cyclists don't need to pass a written or practical test for a licence to ride their bicycles. Most learn how to ride and then begin navigating the roads with cars.

Over time, cyclists may forget the rules of the road too. By being mindful of these rules, they shoulder their duty of care to others using the roads. Doing so is wise, for cyclists may at times be judged partially responsible if they are hit by a vehicle while ignoring the rules of the road.

Suppose a cyclist runs a red light just as a driver, seeing a flashing red countdown on the pedestrian 'walk - don't walk' signal, speeds up to get through the intersection while the light is still green. The driver hits the cyclist and breaks the cyclist's right arm and leg. What if the cyclist was not wearing a helmet? Who is responsible for the accident? Could the severity of the injury have been lessened?

Liability in personal injury cases

In personal injury law, there is a concept called contributory negligence. A cyclist must act as a reasonable person, and not take unreasonable risks when bicycling. If they take unreasonable risks, a person can be held completely or partially responsible for their own injury, even if another person was involved in the accident.

Personal injury law is complex, especially where the question of negligence arises. A cyclist should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer to determine if they have a claim for damages against a driver who has hit the cyclist, and how to successfully pursue that claim through the courts - even if the cyclist's actions led in part to the accident.

Life Changing Results & Settlements*

$2
Million

Head Injury

Truck Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial /Tribunal hearing

$1.06
Million

Pedestrian Head Injury

Truck Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1
Million

Elbow fracture

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1
Million

Psychological and Shoulder Injury

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.3
Million

Psychological and Chronic Pain

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.025
Million

Psychological and Knee Injury

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.5
Million

Psychiatric and TBI

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.43
Million

Femur Fracture

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$500K

Long Term Disability

Age 55 Denied LTD

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.8
Million

Fatality Accident

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

250K

Psychological/Depression

LTD

Settled without the need of a Trial

725K

Soft tissues & psychological injury

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

Life Changing Results & Settlements*

$2
Million

Head Injury

Truck Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial /Tribunal hearing

$1.06
Million

Pedestrian Head Injury

Truck Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1
Million

Elbow fracture

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1
Million

Psychological and Shoulder Injury

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.3
Million

Psychological and Chronic Pain

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.025
Million

Psychological and Knee Injury

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.5
Million

Psychiatric and TBI

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.43
Million

Femur Fracture

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

$500K

Long Term Disability

Age 55 Denied LTD

Settled without the need of a Trial

$1.8
Million

Fatality Accident

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

250K

Psychological/Depression

LTD

Settled without the need of a Trial

725K

Soft tissues & psychological injury

Car Accident

Settled without the need of a Trial

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Muhammad M. Alam

Muhammad M. Alam

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Muhammad M. Alam is a Barrister-at-Law of Osgoode Hall in Toronto and he is the Founder and Managing Barrister of Alam Law Firm. Muhammad is passionate of ADR in litigations. He holds designation of a “Qualified Mediator” as well as a “Qualified Arbitrator” and a member of ADR Institute of Canada and ADR Institute of Ontario.

M. Aftab Alam

M. Aftab Alam

Managing Barrister

M. Aftab Alam holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Ryerson University, a Bachelors in law , LL.B, and a Masters in law, LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Laurencia Fasoyiro

Laurencia Fasoyiro

Senior Lawyer

Laurencia Fasoyiro is a Barrister and Solicitor with Alam Law Firm, PC. She has over 15 years of combined experience practicing law in Texas U.S.A and Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the law society of Upper Canada and a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Laurencia Fasoyiro

Naina Tandon

Associate

Naina Tandon obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and Law Degree from the University of Delhi in 1985 and 1988, respectively. Upon being called to the bar in 1988, she practiced law in New Delhi, India, with a reputable law firm, C..R. Dua & Associates, for several years before relocating to Canada.

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