Car accidents happen quickly and can occur at any time, often from any number of errors in judgment. If you have been injured, we urge you to call the car accident lawyers in Barrie at Littlejohn Barristers. With over 30 years of combined experienced, we are dedicated to getting you the benefits you deserve.
Liability is determined according to fault for the accident. You do not want to be wrongly found at fault in a car accident, especially if you incurred injuries from the car accident, because your assessed fault will reduce your personal injury compensation. If you have been injured in a car accident, you should speak to a personal injury lawyer at Littlejohn Barristers to find out more about how to protect your rights.
There are many causes of car accidents, some that can be reduced and some that cannot. Bad weather is a factor that inevitably leads to collisions when a motor vehicle spins out of control or skids while braking. Teen drivers also increase the risk of accidents due to inexperience and some carelessness.
Most frequently, accidents are caused by distracted driving, usually by diverting attention from the road to talk on a cell phone, send a text message, or eat food. A high number of collisions also occur as a consequence of speeding, because the faster you drive, the slower your reaction time is to act quickly to prevent an accident.
Impaired driving continues to be a frequent factor in accidents, despite many public awareness campaigns against drinking and driving, and it is one of the top causes that can be avoided. Reckless driving also results in accidents, including when drivers change lanes too quickly or tailgate. Running red lights or stop signs adds further collision risks.
What Insurance Protections Are Available?
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be eligible for both no-fault accident benefits and also a tort claim.
No-fault benefits (also known as accident benefits) are available to everyone injured in an accident regardless of who is at fault. Accident benefits cover losses such as lost wages, medical treatment, rehabilitation services, and attendant care. In some cases the benefits can include child care, housekeeping, and home maintenance costs. No-fault insurance benefits are paid by your own insurance company. If you do not have an auto insurance policy, the benefits may be payable by the insurance company of the vehicle owner or (potentially) the at-fault driver.
While accident benefits cover many losses following a motor vehicle accident, they provide only minimum insurance protections. Fortunately, if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident and are not at fault, you can additionally pursue a tort claim. A tort claim is a lawsuit to gain compensation for additional losses incurred from the accident, including loss of future income and out-of-pocket expenses that were not provided under the accident benefits claim, as well as for any pain and suffering that you endured.
You should obtain a consultation with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. Given the strict timelines, complicated application forms to obtain accident benefits, and the evidentiary requirements of tort claims, the earlier you find a legal representative, the better. Time-sensitive concerns, such as any case involving driving under the influence, mean you should contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.
At Littlejohn Barristers, we have a dedicated team of professionals with over 30 years of combined experience. We have knowledgeable car accident lawyers in Barrie, and we serve Collingwood, Midland and Innisfil as well. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, contact Littlejohn Barristers at 705-725-7355.
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