The York Regional Police are asking for the assistance of the public in identifying the driver and/or vehicle involved in a pedestrian accident that occurred in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville on Wednesday, October 11, 2012, at approximately 10 pm.
This hit-and-run pedestrian accident involved a 32-year-old woman. The female pedestrian was walking on Main Street, crossing at Ninth Line in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville when she was struck by a vehicle. The unidentified driver did stop after the accident, but did not provide any information to the victim before departing the scene. The female pedestrian was also assisted by a man who may have witnessed the incident.
The victim of this hit-and-run pedestrian accident sustained serious injuries. Iacobelli Law Firm offers its support to the woman who was injured in this Stouffville pedestrian accident. We hope that she will make a quick and complete recovery.
This pedestrian accident in Whitchurch-Stouffville, raises important issues and questions about the rights of a victim to make insurance claims for losses following a hit-and-run accident. Many people incorrectly believe that, if a vehicle flees the scene and is never located or identified, their benefits are limited to statutory accident benefits. In fact, often following a hit and run accident, the victim may be entitled to compensation by making a claim for unidentified motorist coverage through their own insurance policy. This is completely different coverage from the accident benefits that are available to all accident victims. Unidentified motorist coverage is insurance that is in place in the event that someone is injured by a vehicle that leaves the scene and is never identified.
An experienced Ontario injury lawyer can help you pursue a claim for unidentified vehicles or other insurance beenefits, which may be available to you following a hit-and-run accident. Accessing the uninsured motorist insurance coverage following a hit-and-run accident in Ontario is complex, and it is important to speak with a personal injury lawyer without delay in order to preserve your rights to compensation.
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In Ontario, it is law for all vehicles to have minimum insurance coverage, in the event of an Ontario car accident. The minimum liability insurance limits for Ontario vehicles is $200,000.00 for liability resulting from bodily injury or death.
Although many vehicles in Ontario are insured for more than the minimum liability limits, there are situations where the at-fault vehicle may be uninsured or underinsured. These situations may arise where there is a Hit and Run Accident or where the other vehicle simply has no insurance or only minimal coverage.
The Car That Caused The Ontario Car Accident Leaves The Scene and Cannot Be Located.
The Car That Caused The Ontario Accident Has Little Or No Insurance.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
Answer: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage.
This form of insurance covers you should you ever be involved in an accident where the other vehicle has fled the scene and cannot be identified, or where the other vehicle has little or no insurance available. This form of insurance will also protect you if travelling with your vehicle outside of Ontario. For instance, if you drive to the United States, you may be involved in an accident in a state with lower insurance limits than Ontario. In such a situation, your own Underinsured and Uninsured policy will be available to pay for those damages not covered by the other driver's policy.
No one knows when or where they will be involved in a car accident. You cannot determine who hits you.
Protect yourself against the risk of being hit by an uninsured or underinsured motor vehicle.
Talk to your insurance agent or broker to make sure you have adequate uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage.