Toronto Car Accident Lawyer - Ontario Lawsuit
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Our Toronto car accident lawyers offer advice at no cost on motor vehicle accident compensation lawsuits in Ontario. One of our specialist lawyers based in Toronto will discuss your potential claim on the telephone and advise you of the best way of preserving your legal rights to ensure that you receive compensation. Your risk free car accident lawsuit will be dealt with using a contingent fee arrangement which means that if you don't win then your Toronto car accident lawyer won't get paid.
If you choose our lawyers based in Toronto to represent you in a car accident lawsuit we will ensure that they provide committed and vigorous representation. They will ensure that you receive justice by zealously representing your legal position above all else. You can rely on our specialist advocates to take care of your car accident lawsuit in a comprehensive, helpful, sympathetic and professional manner. Our personal injury lawyers will respect your confidentiality at all times and will explain legal issues and the law clearly and without jargon. Your calls will be answered promptly and faxes, e-mails and letters will, where possible be dealt with on the same day as they are received.
Toronto Car Accident Lawyer
If you would like advice at no cost from a Toronto car accident lawyer without further obligation just use the helpline or complete the contact form or email our Toronto offices and a specialist personal injury advocate will telephone you immediately to discuss your compensation claim.
Car accident lawsuit settlements may include the following items :-
- Loss of past and future income;
- Medical expenses for the past and for the future;
- Assistance for the future;
- Pain and Suffering (including psychological damage);
- Loss of amenities of life;
- Damage to your car or property;
Alcohol & Car Accident Lawsuits
Excessive alcohol consumption features in a high percentage of car accident lawsuits involving serious injuries and fatalities :-
- Blood Alcohol Concentration BAC above 0.15 percent increases the likelihood of dying in a single vehicle crash to 400 times higher than it is for a non drinking driver
- One third of fatally injured motor vehicle drivers have BACs at or above 0.08 percent
- Alcohol involvement in fatal accidents is highest among men age 21-40
- Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 30 minutes and seriously injure someone every two minutes
- Over 1500 people in Canada suffer fatal injuries every year in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, representing 41% of all traffic-related deaths
- Over 150,000 drivers are arrested every year for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- Almost twice as many male drivers, when compared to female drivers, in fatal motor accidents are intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above 0.10%
- Approximately a quarter of all traffic fatalities among children under 14 years of age involve alcohol
- Three quarters of drivers convicted of driving while impaired are frequent heavy drinkers or alcoholics
Teenage drivers are involved in a disproportionately high number of car accident lawsuits :-
- 40% of all teenage deaths in the US are as a result of a car accident
- Almost 500 teens between the ages of 16 to 19 died of injuries caused by a motor vehicle crash
- Risk for motor vehicle accidents is higher among 16 to 19 year olds than among any other age group
- Per mile driven teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to have a car crash
- The motor vehicle death rate for male occupants aged 16 to 19 was almost twice that of similar female occupants
- Teens are more likely to speed, run red lights, make illegal turns, ride with an intoxicated driver, and drive after using alcohol or drugs than older drivers
- Compared with other age groups, teens have a relative disregard for safety and the lowest rate of seat belt use with 14% indicating that they rarely or never wear seat belts
- Approximately 30% of drivers ages 15 to 20 who died in road traffic accidents had been drinking alcohol
- Teenagers represent 10% of the population but account for 14% of all motor vehicle deaths
- Car crash risk is particularly high during the first years that teenagers are eligible to legally drive cars
- Teens are less able to understand the dangers in hazardous situations and have less experience coping with such situations in a safe and satisfactory manner
Children :: Facts & Figures
A person dies in a vehicle crash every hour in Canada and car accidents are the leading cause of death for those under 35 years of age. Over 4,000 Canadians die in vehicle accidents every year usually because of driver negligence resulting in a car accident lawsuit. Car accident statistics show that the majority of accidents are caused by irresponsible driving behavior.
- Motor vehicle accidents are the greatest public health problem facing children.
- Injury caused in a road traffic accident is the leading cause of death among children at every age after their first birthday.
- Over 150 child passengers aged under 15 die in motor vehicle accidents and almost 25,000 sustain serious injuries requiring treatment in an emergency department every year.
- In real terms this means that someone’s child dies in an horrific car crash almost every day and in that same time many more children will have suffered injury requiring treatment at the accident and emergency room of a local hospital with some of those children suffering serious and permanently disabling injuries most of which are preventable or avoidable. Many children find it necessary to start an auto accident claim against their own parents.
- Twenty percent of all deaths among children under 15 years involve a drinking driver and two thirds of these fatally injured children were riding with the drinking driver.
- 50 percent of children killed in car accidents aged under 5 years were unrestrained.
- Many children who ride in child safety seats are not properly secured and only 2O% of children in safety seats are correctly harnessed into seats that were correctly installed.
- Child safety seats reduce the risk of death by almost 70% for children under 1 year old and by about 55% for children under 5 years old.
- Airbags can cause serious injuries and fatalities particularly if a child is very close to an airbag as it begins to inflate.
Airbags are plastic cushions that inflate in a fraction of a second immediately after the first contact of a serious vehicle crash. They are operated by sensors which measure the severity of an impact and if the impact is above the deployment threshold then the sensors signal inflators to fill the bags with harmless gas which occurs within a fraction of a second to the restrain occupants of the car. Most cars have frontal airbags and increasing numbers of vehicles also have side airbags that deploy in side impact crashes :-
- Most cars and light trucks on Canadian roads have driver airbags, and over 50% also have passenger airbags.
- Both lap and shoulder safety belts should be worn. Failure to wear a belt reduces the value of auto accident settlements.
- Fatalities in frontal crashes are reduced by over a quarter for drivers using safety belts and about a third for drivers without safety belts as a result of airbag deployment.
- Deaths in frontal crashes are substantially reduced however, deaths are about a third higher than expected among child passengers younger than 10.
- Over 1,000 people are alive today in Canada, who would otherwise have died in traffic accidents, because of their airbags.
- The combination of an airbag and a seat belt reduces the risk of serious head injury by 85 percent compared with a 60 percent reduction for belts alone.
- Airbags have also been responsible for the deaths of about 20 people over half of which were children.
- The force of the airbag is greatest in the first 2-3 inches after the airbag bursts through the cover, which combined with the effect of pre crash braking may cause the head to be thrown toward the dashboard area.
- Children and smaller adults are at greatest danger and injuries can include whiplash, spinal chord injuries, blindness, chest injuries and brain damage.