Motor vehicle accidents can result in bodily injury, property damage and even fatality. According to Statistics Canada, there were over 20 million registered vehicles in Canada last year. With such an astounding number of motor vehicles on our roads, it’s easy to recognize how so many accidents occur.
Who is Responsible? Who Should Be Held Liable?
Immediately following an accident, a typical thought is to question fault. And although police officers on the scene will conduct a preliminary investigation through interviews, it is important to note that mistakes can be made and vital details missed or forgotten. It is critical to have a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side to help you understand the fault and no-fault law and to assist you in obtaining compensation. This includes medical expenses, property damage costs and recovery of any lost wages that may occur as a result of your injuries.
Our personal injury lawyers will closely examine the police report and if necessary, will hire a specialized expert such as an engineer to reconstruct the accident when important details are in question or not known, in order to determine fault.
Common Causes of Vehicle Accidents
- Alcohol and Drug Influence
- Driver Distraction such as cell phone use
- Failure to yield right of way
- Following another vehicle too closely or tailgating
- Disregard of stop lights and other traffic controls
- Driving too fast or too slowly
If you’ve been involved in an automobile accident, there are other factors that you and your personal injury lawyer(s) will want to consider. Is the responsible party insured or under-insured? In the event of a hit-and-run, you will need to identify the responsible driver as soon as possible. Our personal injury lawyers will not only help you with your insurance claims, but will also assist you in getting the proper compensation you are entitled to in order to help you best deal with your injury and property damage.
According to the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, about 160,000 road accidents occur in Canada every year. This translates to 2,800 to 2,900 people killed on the road every year. Regardless of how minor the accident may appear to be, severe injuries can result. Victims involved in minor accidents can suffer from a variety of ailments including whiplash, soft-tissue injuries, broken bones, brain injury, and even wrongful death. Your primary goal if you’ve been involved in a car accident should be to deal with your injuries and heal. Afterward, you should seek reimbursement for your medical bills, lost wages and damage to your property.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Martin G. Schulz & Associates will assess your case and negotiate with both parties’ insurance companies to ensure that you are receiving the maximum compensation relative to the injuries and damages you have sustained.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident that has resulted in personal injury or property damage, contact our knowledgeable legal team at Martin G. Schulz & Associates for a free consultation.