Motorcycling is a seasonal activity, with the majority of accidents and fatalities occurring between May and October. Even though the spring riding season is just a couple of weeks old, we are already seeing reported collisions involving motorcycles,”
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Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) April 09, 2014
Rotondo Law Firm (http://www.RotondoLaw.com), a Greater Toronto Area personal injury law firm and wrongful death law firm, is warning drivers to watch for motorcyclists on area roads after a serious accident involving an SUV, a pedestrian, and a motorcycle left one person in serious condition.
A downtown area collision on Sunday, April 6 has left a pedestrian fighting for her life. Police say a BMW SUV allegedly making a left-hand turn collided with a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle that was heading north on Yonge Street. The motorcycle allegedly struck a 67-year-old woman on the sidewalk. The woman was sent to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, while the 29-year-old motorcyclist was also treated at a hospital. (Source: Connor, K., “Serious collision caught on dashcam,” The Toronto Sun, April 7, 2014; http://www.torontosun.com/2014/04/07/serious-collision-caught-on-dashcam.)
“Motorcycling is a seasonal activity, with the majority of accidents and fatalities occurring between May and October. Even though the spring riding season is just a couple of weeks old, we are already seeing reported collisions involving motorcycles,” says P. Michael Rotondo, lead counsel at Rotondo Law Firm. “As a personal injury lawyer in Toronto, it’s a great time to remind drivers to be more alert and aware of motorcyclists.”
Rotondo explains that one-third of motorcycle collisions occur at intersections, so it’s important for drivers to check their mirrors and ensure the road is clear before proceeding. Drivers also need to check their blind spots and keep track of motorcycles on the road. And, as the most recent collision has demonstrated, it’s also imperative for drivers to signal turns and change lanes properly.
According to the most recently available statistics, the number of motorcyclists injured on Ontario roads increased 5.5% from 1,166 in 2001 to 1,230 in 2010. During the same time frame, the number of passengers injured on a motorcycle has increased 45%, from 318 people in 2001 to 462 in 2010. In 2010, the last year for which statistics are available, 45 motorcycle drivers and two passengers were killed on Ontario roads. (Source: “Ontario Road Safety Annual Report (ORSAR) 2010,” Ontario Ministry of Transportation web site; http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/orsar/orsar10/special-vehicles.shtml, last accessed April 8, 2014.)
“It’s very difficult to judge how fast a motorcycle is travelling. As a result, it’s not uncommon for drivers to face charges for violating a rider’s right-of-way,” Rotondo adds. “And since motorcyclists ride with minimal protection, it’s easy to see that a collision involving a motorcycle and motor vehicle usually ends with serious outcomes for riders and passengers—and in some instances, pedestrians.”
Rotondo concludes by stating that the personal injury lawyers at Rotondo Law Firm understand that motorcycle accidents can be very complex. That’s why the firm’s experienced team helps motorcyclists and their passengers get the compensation they deserve for pain and suffering, lost wages, other related expenses, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
Rotondo Law Firm is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto and has been providing personal injury law services to clients since 1999. Over the last 14 years, Rotondo Law Firm has been providing its clients with the highest level of legal service, spanning many areas of personal injury law, including trip and fall accidents; motor vehicle, pedestrian, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents; brain injuries; air flight accidents; accident benefit claims; and wrongful dismissal claims. Whether their clients have been injured in a car accident, are owed compensation from insurance, or have been wrongfully dismissed, Rotondo Law will work diligently to ensure they receive the settlement they deserve. More information on Rotondo Law Firm is available by visiting the firm's web site at http://www.RotondoLaw.com or by calling 416-868-0900.