Sadly, there are many hit and run accidents in Ontario each year. These ofen occur in pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and car accidents. Many times, the police are able to identify, locate and charge the person that fled the accident scnee. Sometimes, however, the at-fault driver is never located and remains unidentified.
For the injured victim, it may initially seem like there is no one that can be sued to compensate for the serious injuries and economic losses sustained as a result of the negligence of the at-fault driver. Fortunately for the injured victim, there is usually compensation available through their own insurance policy, which provides coverage for unidentified vehicles following a hit and run car accident. These types of claims are complicated as the policy is usually only available if there are no other insurance policies available to compensate for the loss. These cases may also present challenges in proving liability.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured as the result of a vehicle that fled the accident scene, it is important to speak with an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer in order to preserve your rights to compensation.
Ontario Personal Injury Lawyer, Andrew Iacobelli, provides complimentary consultations.
I am often asked how long a personal injury claim will require to resolve. This will often depend on who you are suing and the nature and complexity of your case. After reviewing the specific facts of your case, I am usually able to provide clientswith some estimate of how long your case will take to resolve.
Lawyer Andrew Iacobelli offers complimentary consultations. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, contact us for a complimentary consultation.
One of the most commonly discussed distractions today are cell phones. The use of cell phones while driving has been associated with a number of car accidents on Toronto and Ontario roadways. There are, however, several other distractions that can lead to serious and possible fatal car accidents.
Anything that visually takes a driver's attention off the road can result in an accident and serious injuries.. This type of distraction may be looking at the scenery, your cell phone, a map, or a dropped item.
Distractions can also occur when a driver's thoughts are on things other than the road and driving. A conversation, thinking about what to make for dinner, or “zoning out” are distractions that can lead to an accident.
A driver can also be distracted by things which require removing hands from the steering wheel. These types of distractions include eating, talking on the phone, and adjusting controls in the car.
Motorists owe a duty of care to pedestrians. In most instances, when a pedestrian is struck by a car or other motor vehicle in Ontario, there is a presumption of negligence against the driver of the motor vehicle. This means the pedestrian may have an easier time proving the liability of the vehicle that struck them.
Accidents involving pedestrians are, unfortunately, quite common. Pedestrian accidents occur in roadways, crosswalks, intersections and often times in driveways and parking lots. The frequency of pedestrian accidents increases with poor weather and poor lighting conditions.
If you were injured by a vehicle while walking or cycling, you may be entitled to recover your damages from the at fault driver. Contact York Region personal injury lawyer, Andrew A. Iacobelli, for a free consultation.