Winter weather is a leading cause of car accidents and crashes in the Ottawa area. On bad weather days it is common to hear about multiple collisions on the radio during our morning and evening commutes.
Unfortunately, people are sometimes injured in these vehicle collisions. Pedestrians are also at increased risk of being struck by cars. The most vulnerable victims of these accidents are children and the elderly.
If you have been injured as a result of a car accident or collision involving a motor vehicle, regardless of whether you were a driver, passenger, cyclist, or pedestrian, you have rights that you may not be aware of.
You should not assume that because the weather or icy roads were a factor in the collision that the driver that struck you is not responsible. In fact, the driver that caused the collision had a duty to be more cautious and to drive in a safe manner for the weather conditions. It may not matter that the police did not charge the other driver. You could still be entitled to compensation through Ontario’s civil court system.
It is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident. Steps must be taken quickly to protect your rights and the rights or your family so that legislated time limits don’t expire and deprive you of benefits and the right to sue for compensation.
Our lawyers can help you secure the maximum amount of no fault accident benefits from your auto insurer. We will be by your side from filling out the first form for the insurance company to settling your claim. You may also be entitled to compensation from the at fault driver. This compensation may include amounts for pain and suffering, loss of income and earning potential, health care expenses, and housekeeping costs, among other items.
Your family members may also be entitled to compensation. The insurance law regarding car accidents in Ontario is complicated. You should not try to navigate it on your own. You owe it yourself and your loved ones to make sure you find a dedicated and knowledgeable team of professionals that will help you every step of the way.
If home or hospital meetings are required our professionals will travel to meet with you and your family members.