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Accident benefits claim against a hit-and-run driver

Nobody wants to be involved in an automobile crash, but it could be even more traumatic if the at-fault driver fails to stop at the scene. Although law enforcement usually catches up with hit-and-run drivers in Ontario, it could take some time. What are the options for injured victims when it comes to an accident benefits claim while the driver is unidentified? Fortunately, the government of Ontario makes provision for victims of such accidents to obtain compensation. The victim’s insurer will take on the responsibility of the unidentified driver and pay compensation. However, there is a limit to the recoverable amount. Furthermore, the accident victim has some level of responsibility. He or she must report the crash to the police and make a reasonable amount of effort to find out the identity of the driver. Also, he or she must provide police with details and evidence of the accident scene, including eyewitnesses who might provide information that could help to identify the driver. It is crucial for victims of hit-and-run car accidents in Ontario to take action as soon as possible because, along with the monetary limit, there is also a strict time limit for filing an accident benefits claim. The most logical steps might be to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Ontario as soon as possible. The lawyer can assess the circumstances and explain the coverage limits and the available options for the recovery of damages. This will allow the accident victim to make an informed decision about seeking compensation, and if the decision is to proceed with an accident benefits claim, the lawyer can ensure that the necessary steps are taken within the time limit.

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Car accidents: Has defensive driving become aggressive driving?

Some people in Ontario suggest that sleep deprivation and the rushed lives most drivers lead have caused a shift from defensive driving to aggressive driving. More and more car accidents involve some level of road rage and aggression. The increased number of vehicles on the roads is also said to play a role in the tension many drivers experience. Drivers are reminded that even a hand signal like the proverbial finger or a look that shows agitation can cause a road rage incident. Certain personality types cannot control their tempers, and even the slightest incidents can push them over the edge. These are the people who will stop and attack who they believe is the source of their frustration and aggression. Because aggression can lead to crashes, advisers suggest that drivers who know their own tendencies to become enraged may benefit from avoiding rush hour, allowing more time to reach their destinations and utilizing cruise control to avoid being worked up. They say drivers who are well rested and adequately hydrated tend to be calmer. Furthermore, it is suggested that having company on the drive might also help to avoid road rage. Injured victims of car accidents that resulted from another driver’s aggressive driving or incidents of road rage may have grounds to file civil lawsuits to recover damages. This could be a challenging process that could be simplified by the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury lawyer. A lawyer can assist with establishing negligence on the part of the other driver, and advocate for the plaintiff in pursuit of recovering economic and noneconomic damages through the civil justice system of Ontario.

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The Concerning Increase in the Number of Distracted Driving Accidents

Regardless of Ontario drivers’ compliance with the rules of the road, they will always be vulnerable to the negligence of distracted drivers. Authorities say the number of fatalities in car accidents caused by distracted driving has doubled since 2000 — based on 2013 collision data. Despite severe penalties, some drivers continue to text, talk on mobile phones, read or program a GPS, check maps and choose playlists. The rushed lives of many cause some drivers to apply makeup or shave while on their morning commutes to work. Convictions on distracted driving charges can have severe consequences, not to mention the lives that can be lost. Road safety authorities advise drivers to switch their phones to silent mode before driving or switch it off. Some drivers put their phones in a gag, the glove compartment or the backseat. However, once it rings, many cannot resist answering, and reaching for it in those places is even more distracting than talking on the phone. To stay safe and avoid the temptation to respond, a driver could record a message or use one of the apps that block or respond to calls while they are driving. When calls must be made, or messages checked, drivers should pull off the road where it is safe and do with the phone what has to be done before proceeding with the trip. This applies even to making a 911 call if an emergency arises. Victims of car accidents caused by distracted drivers likely have grounds to seek recovery of damages. However, proving negligence in court could be challenging. For this reason, many injured motorists or the surviving family members of deceased victims of such accidents in Ontario choose to retain the services of an experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyer to represent their interests while pursuing the maximum amount of financial relief available.

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