No one expects to be injured in an accident. Unfortunately, though, because of the negligence of other people or organizations, many Ontarians sustain severe injuries while simply going about their regular business. Routine, mundane activities like driving the kids to school, walking down a flight of stairs, returning to your car in a parking lot, or shopping at a retail store can end in catastrophe. Even the most safety-conscious, attentive, and cautious individuals can be injured in accidents because of someone else’s negligence.
In Ontario, accidents that frequently cause people to sustain injuries requiring hospitalization include:
- Car accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- E-bike and e-scooter accidents
- Boating accidents
- Snowmobile accidents
- ATV accidents
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Abuse
- And more
After being injured in an accident, receiving guidance from an Ontario personal injury lawyer can be critical. By consulting with our personal injury lawyers serving all Ontario, you will receive the benefit of legal advice tailored to the specific circumstances of your case. The initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers is always free. To learn if you might be entitled to compensation, contact us today to book your free initial consultation with our Ontario personal injury lawyers.
Who is Considered Negligent?
Throughout the province, countless people owe one another a duty of care. That means that, in accordance with various provincial legislations, certain individuals or organizations have a legal obligation to take the safety of others into consideration.
For example, anyone who operates a motor vehicle in the province must comply with the rules of the road as mandated by the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. As such, drivers are required to obey local traffic regulations and exercise caution behind the wheel at all times in an effort to reduce the risk of injurious or fatal collisions.
If a driver fails fulfill their duty of care by engaging in wrongful actions, inactions, errors, omissions, or other violations of traffic laws and their behaviour leads to a collision in which an accident victim sustains injuries, the at-fault driver may be considered negligent. Common examples of negligence that often leads to injury-causing motor vehicle collisions include:
- Texting while driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Ignoring traffic signs/signals
- Improperly changing lanes
- Fatigued driving
- Reckless endangerment
- And more
Similarly, in accordance with the province’s Occupiers’ Liability Act, the owners and/or occupiers of commercial and/or residential properties are required to routinely inspect their premises and adequately address potentially dangerous hazards on-site in a timely and effective manner. Doing so reduces the chances of unsuspecting visitors to the property sustaining serious injuries on their property.
If a property owner/occupier fails to fulfill the duty of care they owe to their visitors and an accident ensues, depending on the circumstances, the accident victim could be seriously wounded, or even killed. In these situations, the at-fault property owner/occupier could be considered negligent.
Negligent parties whose failures to uphold the duties of care they owed to fellow community members caused injurious accidents may be liable for damages incurred by the people injured as a result of their wrongful conduct. Therefore, if someone else’s negligence caused you to sustain compensable injuries, you might be eligible to pursue legal action against the at-fault party in order to recover the costs of damages you have incurred or will incur in the future.
To learn more about your options, contact our Ontario personal injury lawyers today by calling 1-800-JUSTICE.
Compensation That Might Be Available to You
Many injured accident survivors wonder how much compensation they might be entitled to, and which factors determine how much their personal injury claims are worth. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you might be entitled to different forms of compensation.
For example, since all automobile insurance policies in the province provide coverage commensurate with the Ontario Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule, if you were injured in a motor vehicle collision, you might be entitled to certain insurance benefits coverage. These no-fault benefits are made available to drivers injured in motor vehicle collisions, regardless of who was responsible for causing the collision.
However, depending on the severity of the injuries you have sustained and the impacts your newly acquired medical condition has had on your financial well-being, the insurance benefits available to you may not be sufficient to fully replace your total losses. However, if your injurious collision was caused by the other driver’s negligence, you might be able to work with our Ontario personal injury lawyers to file a civil claim against them.
By pursuing legal action against the negligent party whose failure to uphold the duty of care they owed you caused an injurious accident, our personal injury lawyers serving Ontario may be able to help you recover the damages you are rightfully owed. These damages might include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mobility aids, assistive medical equipment
- Home modifications to accommodate newly acquired disabilities
- Ambulance services
- Mileage expenses to and from medical appointments
- Housekeeping services
- Psychological counselling
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Reduced future earning capability
- And possibly more
Book a Free Initial Consultation with Our Personal Injury Lawyers Serving All of Ontario
If you have recently been injured in an accident, it can be difficult to know just what to do next. No one anticipates being hurt because of someone else’s negligent actions, and few people are prepared for the financial burden of sustaining severe injuries.
Our Ontario personal injury lawyers are committed to fighting on behalf of injured accident survivors throughout the province. For more than sixty years, Preszler Injury Lawyers have provided crucial legal advice and assistance to countless community members in their times of greatest need.
In order to reduce financial barriers to accessing our legal services, our Ontario personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. Additionally, if you are eligible to work with our personal injury lawyers serving Ontario, you will not be required to pay us unless we win your case. Preszler Injury Lawyers do not charge any upfront-fees.
To learn more about how Preszler Injury Lawyers may be able to help you find the justice you deserve, take advantage of your free initial consultation with our Ontario personal injury lawyers by calling 1-800-JUSTICE.