For the most part, motorcycling is a seasonal activity, with most of the accidents and fatalities occurring between May and October. Now that spring is here, Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law Firm wants to remind drivers and pedestrians.
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) May 09, 2013
As a result of the warm, sunny spring weather, the lawyers at Hanson Duby have observed an increase in the number of motorcyclists using the roadways and highways. While the spring riding season is only just a few weeks old, there have already been a number of serious collisions reported involving motorcycles.
Most recently, a 42-year-old man died after his motorcycle collided with several pedestrians on Yonge Street on Saturday, May 4. Before that, another motorcyclist died from his injuries after a crash in Markham on April 8. In every fatal motorcycle accident tracked by Toronto Police since 1995, the driver of the motorcycle was male. (Sources: Freeman, J., “Motorcyclist dead after colliding with pedestrians downtown,” CP24.com, May 4, 2013, http://www.cp24.com/news/motorcyclist-dead-after-colliding-with-pedestrians-downtown-1.1266979; “SIU investigating fatal motorcycle crash in Markham,” CTV News, April 8, 2013, http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/siu-investigating-fatal-motorcycle-crash-in-markham-1.1229134; Young, L., “Interactive map: Toronto’s motorcycle death traps,” Global News, Sept. 15, 2012, http://globalnews.ca/news/286759/map-toronto-motorcycle-fatalities-up-in-2012/.)
“For the most part, motorcycling is a seasonal activity, with most of the accidents and fatalities occurring between May and October. Now that spring is here, Hanson Duby Personal Injury Law Firm wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to be on the lookout for motorcyclists,” says Spyros Bekiaris, a lawyer at Hanson Duby. “While cyclists can take every precaution, they cannot control other motorists. When motorcycles crash with other vehicles, it’s because the driver of the other vehicle often violates the rider's right-of-way.” (Source: Road Safety and Motor Vehicle Regulation Directorate, “A Quick Look at Fatally Injured Vulnerable Road Users,” Transport Canada web site, June 2010.)
Bekiaris joined Hanson Duby Lawyers as an Associate in September 2010. He graduated from York University with an Honours BA in 2006 and from the Queen’s University, Faculty of Law with a JD in 2009. He formerly worked at a boutique insurance defence firm in Toronto, representing insurance companies.
Bekiaris has appeared before the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice, and the Divisional Court. He represents clients in a variety of disputes, including motor vehicle accidents, accident benefits, slips and falls, property damage claims and assault, representing the victims. Bekiaris is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association.
“Riding a motorcycle combines travelling at high speeds with minimal rider protection. It shouldn’t be a surprise then to learn that motorcycle crashes often end with serious outcomes for the riders,” Bekiaris observes. “As a result, collisions involving motorcycles can be physically and emotionally traumatic.”
“At the same time, motorcycle accidents can be very complicated, requiring a thorough investigation,” Bekiaris concludes. “Many motorcycle accidents are due to another driver's negligence. But there can be many other mitigating factors; including vehicle defects and poor road design. Motorcycle accidents can also be caused by a lack of warning signs for hazardous driving conditions.”
At Hanson Duby Lawyers, they understand that motorcycle accidents can be very complex matters. Their experienced team of personal injury lawyers will help accident victims get the compensation they deserve for pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, lost wages, and other incurred expenses.
Hanson Duby Lawyers is a personal injury law firm located in the Annex district of Toronto. The firm specializes in helping injured victims obtain compensation due to car accidents, long-term disability claims, life insurance claims, and product liability claims. The firm serves clients from across the Greater Toronto Area and provides service in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, Greek, and French. The site will soon evolve again, and be updated to include pages in Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil, and Greek to better serve those communities.
More information on Hanson Duby is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.HansonDuby.com or by calling 416-588-9100.