Etobicoke Personal Injury Lawyer
Accidents in Etobicoke are frequently the result of another party’s negligence. If you have been injured in an unexpected, traumatic set of circumstances, you may be inclined to initially blame yourself. You may believe that your lack of caution, focus, or coordination caused your accident to occur. In fact, many accident victims try to leave the scene of their incidents as quickly as possible in an attempt to ignore or minimize the injuries they have sustained. What most people do not realize is that accidents culminating in serious injuries are often the result of another party’s wrongful conduct. Even if your accident occurred when no other people were physically present, someone else’s negligence could be at fault.
Many people owe their fellow community members a duty of care. Often this legal obligation to protect the physical safety of others extends to complete strangers. Without even necessarily knowing it, people who operate motor vehicles, own or occupy commercial or residential property, and many other people throughout the province have legal responsibilities to behave in a manner that protects the physical well-being of others around them.
When certain parties neglect their responsibilities, their actions can have injurious– even fatal– consequences. If someone else’s wrongful actions, inactions, errors, omissions, or other forms of negligence cause another person to sustain injuries, the at-fault party may be liable for damages they have incurred as a result of their behaviour.
Accidents in Etobicoke can happen anytime, anywhere. Even people who are generally cautious and careful can be injured in an accident. Depending on the circumstances, accidents can lead to numerous injuries that might require lengthy periods of hospitalization and other disruptions to the survivor’s daily routine. These injuries often include:
- Strains and sprains
- Broken or fractured bones
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Facial and dental injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- And more
Regardless of the severity of the injuries sustained, the process of recovery and readjustment to regular life following an injury-causing accident can be an overwhelming process– and an expensive one. Furthermore, in addition to incurring financial losses, enduring prolonged periods of recovery, and overcoming physical pain, injured accident victims often develop psychological trauma that can last for an indeterminate period of time and require extensive treatment to fully heal.
Based on the circumstances of your accident and the manner in which your injuries were sustained, you might be entitled to compensation. To discuss your case with our Etobicoke personal injury lawyers and learn if you might be eligible to pursue civil action, call 1-800-JUSTICE and take advantage of a free initial consultation today.
Accidents in Etobicoke
Even the most alert, safety-minded Etobicoke resident can be injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. The consequences of negligence can be life-changing, often impacting generations of families trying to grapple with the lived realities of caring for a severely injured relative.
The negligence of other parties or entities can cause accidents on roads and highways, on sidewalks, in parking lots, at intersections, on residential streets. They can take place in and around someone else’s commercial or residential property. They can happen on the water, on nature trails, and other public spaces. They can even occur under the supervision of a professional like a physician, a dentist, a massage therapist, or other vocational expert. Accidents can happen anywhere, to anyone.
Our Etobicoke personal injury lawyers are committed to providing crucial legal assistance to members of the local community who have sustained injuries in traumatic scenarios resulting from another party’s negligence. Our personal injury lawyers serving Etobicoke have experience helping clients who have been injured as the result of:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual abuse
- Slip and fall accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Snowmobile accidents
- E-bike and e-scooter accidents
- ATV accidents
- Boating accidents
- And more
While the physical locations and specific circumstances of these types of situations may seem vastly different, when they result in physical injuries, they often have one common factor: the negligence of another individual or organization. Unfortunately, in the surprising aftermath of traumatic events that cause injuries, many victims could be unaware of whether another party was, in fact, responsible for their accident.
What is Negligence?
Throughout the province, many people owe their fellow Ontarians a duty of care. Operators of motor vehicles, property owners/occupiers, licensed professionals, and certain other members of the community are required by law to take the safety of others into consideration. Failure to meet this legal requirement could be considered negligence. If a party or organization’s negligence causes a scenario in which another person sustains compensable injuries, the at-fault party might be responsible for compensating their victim for damages resulting from their injuries.
In order to prove whether someone else’s negligence was responsible for your compensable injuries, our Etobicoke personal injury lawyers might be able to gather and submit various types of evidence illustrating that:
- You were owed a duty of care from the party/organization responsible for your accident
- The at-fault party engaged in wrongful conduct and, therefore, failed to uphold the duty of care you were owed
- You sustained injuries as a result of the at-fault party’s failure to meet their legal obligations
- You incurred or will incur monetary losses as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence.
It is rare for accident victims in Etobicoke to have a previous relationship with the negligent party responsible for their injuries. Indeed, while it might seem that a pre-existing, personal, or professional relationship is required to be owed a duty of care, more often than not, injury-causing accidents typically involve complete strangers. And yet, despite the fact that the parties involved do not know one another, in many circumstances, the victim is still legally owed a duty of care.
For example, since drivers on the province’s roads and highways are required to heed the traffic laws outlined in the Highway Traffic Act, drivers have a duty of care to all other road-users. Drivers must obey the rules of the road, operate their vehicles responsibly and in accordance with local traffic laws, and exercise a reasonable degree of caution behind the wheel. Violating local traffic laws also violates the duty of care drivers owe to other road-users. Their negligence behind the wheel could put the lives of other road-users at risk.
Some of the most common infractions on the road that could cause severe or fatal collisions include:
- Drunk driving
- Ignoring traffic signals/signs
- Driving above the speed limit
- Texting while driving
- Improperly changing lanes
- Eating while the vehicle is in motion
- Reckless driving
- And more
There are other examples of community members who are responsible for upholding a duty of care to others. For example, the owners/occupiers of commercial and residential properties throughout the province are legally responsible for their premises’ maintenance and upkeep. The people or organizations who oversee the property must take regular, proactive steps to repair, remove, or warn guests about potential hazards on their premises. If a property owner/occupier is not mindful of their guests’ physical safety and fails to take any actions to avoid accidents on-site, they could be considered negligent when injurious accidents occur on their premises. Therefore, they could be responsible for paying an injured accident victim’s resulting damages.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Etobicoke
Being injured in a sudden and unexpected accident can be a harrowing experience. Recovering from injuries sustained in these kinds of traumatic events can be a long, complicated, and absorbing process. Many accident victims in Etobicoke lose money as a result of being injured in accidents caused by someone else’s negligence.
At Preszler Injury Lawyers, we do our best to help the clients we represent recover the maximum amount of compensation to which they are entitled. If you are uncertain whether you might be entitled to compensation, call 1-800-JUSTICE today and receive personalized, case-specific legal advice from our personal injury lawyers serving Etobicoke during a free initial consultation.