Driver is facing charges after hit-and-run accident injures Canadian in Miami, Florida
A 23 year old Ontario resident was seriously injured in Miami, Florida after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. This pedestrian accident involving a Canadian occurred in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2015. According to information released by Police in Miami, a 26 year-old woman was driving the vehicle that struck the Canadian tourist. The female driver then left the scene, and then eventually turned herself in to police. The driver of the vehicle is facing charges.
The young man from Ontario was in critical condition in a South Florida Hospital. We sincerely hope that this Canadian injured in Florida will make a complete recovery from his injuries.
Canadians travel to Florida often for vacation and business. Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time. If you or a family member has been seriously injured while traveling to Florida, you probably have many questions about your rights and remedies. Accidents involving Canadians in Florida can be complex in terms of coordinating insurance claims and benefits. Often, when a Canadian is injured in Florida, the claim will involve both US and Canadian insurance claims. In many cases, most of the available insurance will actually be from your Canadian insurance policy through statutory accident benefits and UIM (underinsured coverage). As such, it is important to make informed decisions so that you do not prejudice your rights to your Canadian insurance benefits. Although lawyers in Florida may have expertise with regard to the Florida portion of your claim, it is unlikely that they will have knowledge about the insurance process in Ontario Canada.
If you are a Canadian that has been injured in a Florida accident, we may be able to help. Call us for a free consultation or complete our online contact form here. We regularly assist Canadians injured in the United States.
With the arrival of Spring and the recent warm weather in Toronto and the GTA, more bicyclists are out on the streets. As the weather continues to warm up, the number of bicycles on our streets will increase. That also means that drivers of other vehicles need to be vigilant and aware of their surroundings.
We all know that motor vehicles present a major danger to pedestrians and bicyclists. The sad reality is that accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists very often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. Even relatively minor, low speed collisions with a pedestrian or cyclist can result in serious injuries. Additionally, many pedestrians and cyclists are children, and they may not have the same safety instincts and experience, which make them even more vulnerable.
Drivers in Toronto and the GTA can help prevent serious pedestrian and bicycle accidents by simply paying attention to their surroundings. This means avoiding reckless driving and curbing habits that can take your attention away from the road.
If you do choose to engage in reckless or negligent driving, you should be aware that a civil lawsuit can hold you liable for your actions. In Ontario, drivers of motor vehicle are presumed negligence when they are involved in an accident with a cyclist or pedestrian. Drivers of vehicles may be required to pay compensation to the victim or their family. In some cases, accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists may even result in criminal charges against the vehicle driver.
We owe it to cyclists to pay attention and be safe this season. Drive safe.
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