Tim Leigh-Bell is a Skilled Lawyer for Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents serving Mississauga, Milton and the surrounding area
In a highly populated area like the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), many people make use of city sidewalks, bike paths and public roadways to get to their destinations. High volumes of motor vehicle traffic, however, can put pedestrians and bicyclists at a higher risk of serious injury should drivers fail to pay attention to their surroundings or obey traffic laws.
At the Law Office of Timothy H. Leigh-Bell, with offices in Mississauga and Milton, we represent accident victims of pedestrian or bicycle accidents and their families throughout the GTA. Lawyer Tim Leigh-Bell has more than 30 years of experience handling a variety of personal injury and disability cases. He and his team will work with you throughout the process to obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrians and Bicyclists Can Suffer More Serious Injuries
Unfortunately, pedestrians and bicyclists are more likely to suffer serious or catastrophic injury due to the lack of protection they have when involved in an auto collision or other motor vehicle accident. These could include:
- Head injury
- Mild or traumatic brain injury
- Back and spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Abrasions, also known as “road rash”
- Permanent injury or long-term disability
- Fatal injuries or wrongful death
Claims Against Land Occupier in Bicycle Accidents
The Ontario Occupier’s Liability Act is very broad, and usually applies when someone is injured due to unsafe conditions in a private residence, or on private property, such as in a mall, or retail store. However, it also extends to private lands and the paths and trails located on them, such as bike and foot paths. Land occupiers allowing public access to land and property must take action to ensure reasonable safety for anyone visiting that land. The same Act which makes every homeowner responsible for clearing ice after a snowfall makes a landowner responsible for the safety and maintenance of the paths and trails which cross their land. Bicyclists, and even pedestrians have the expectation that conditions are made reasonably safe while using accessible private lands.
If you have been the victim of unsafe conditions resulting from poorly marked or maintained paths or trails, contact the offices of Tim Leigh-Bell. A claim against a property owner or land occupier can be a difficult case, as they will be vigorously defended, but as unprotected defendants, property owners can and should be held accountable for improper maintenance of property when it results in dangerous conditions and/or serious injury.
Recovering Compensation for a Pedestrian or Bicycle Accident
If you as a bicyclist or pedestrian were involved in an accident involving a motor vehicle, we can help you recover accident benefits to which you may be entitled under your own insurance plan. These benefits are available for those involved in any type of motor vehicle accident regardless of fault, and include compensation for:
- Home attendant and nursing care
- Medical and rehabilitation care and services, including physical therapy and other types of therapy, equipment and vocational training
- Home accessibility modifications and vehicle modifications
- Income replacement benefits if you are unable to work
- Non-earner benefits
- Housekeeping, home maintenance and caregiver expenses if your injuries are “catastrophic”
If your accident was not your fault, we can help you seek compensation for your medical expenses and financial losses from at-fault parties, including:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses not covered by your own insurance
- Financial losses such as lost income and benefits, lost earning capacity and loss of opportunity
- Pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life
- Compensation for family members affected by your injuries
We work with professional experts – including accident reconstruction engineers, physicians, occupational therapists vocational counsellors and economists – when necessary to determine liability and the full extent of your injuries.
To review our firm’s past success, please visit our Success Stories page.
Did You or a Loved One Suffer Injury in a Crosswalk or on a Bike Path? Lawyer Tim Leigh-Bell Can Help
Pedestrians and bicyclists have the same right to use designated roadways as motor vehicles. If you or a loved one was injured in a bike or pedestrian accident, contact us at 1-888-336-3778 FREE to discuss your case in a free initial consultation with our Mississauga lawyer for bike and pedestrian accidents.