Man on a bicycle commuting to work.



Although a bicycle is considered a vehicle under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, unlike a car, truck, bus or motorcycle it is not a motor vehicle.

Motorists are required to exercise due caution when sharing the roadway with a cyclist. For example, when passing a cyclist, a driver of a motor vehicle must maintain a minimal distance of at least one meter between the motor vehicle and the cyclist.

If a cyclist sustains an injury due to an accident with a motor vehicle the cyclist can claim statutory accident benefits to seek payment for income loss, medical and rehabilitation expenses, and other accident benefits. If the cyclist does not have auto insurance, the claim can be made directly to the motorist’s insurance company.

If a cyclist sues a motorist for their injuries, the Highway Traffic Act provides for a reverse onus, which means that the motorist is presumed to be at fault for accident, unless the motorist proves otherwise.

If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, feel free to contact Rotondo Law for a free and confidential consultation. Remember you will not be charged any fees unless we win