Nahim Ibrahim was injured in a fatal car accident on Highway 3 three years ago, but he remains in constant pain from his injuries. He has since hired Windsor personal injury lawyer Jennifer Bezaire, partner at Greg Monforton & Partners, to help him seek justice and compensation for his injuries.
Ibrahim’s accident involved a motorist driving in the opposite direction who lost control of the vehicle and swerved into Ibrahim’s lane, where the two vehicles collided head-on. The passenger in the other vehicle was killed.
Although Ibrahim was not at fault, he still sees a psychologist to help him with his feelings of guilt and grief, and he cannot work because of the severe pain in his foot.
His anguish is furthered by the fact that the dangerous section of highway where the accident occurred has still not been widened as promised.
Although Bezaire noted that Ibrahim’s case does not warrant taking legal action against the province, she predicts that Ontario is exposed to the possibility of a lawsuit.
Bezaire said that the province may hold liability for these accidents, because the road is not wide enough to accommodate the ever-increasing traffic along the section of Highway 3 between County Road 8 in Essex and Highway 77 in Leamington.
A Dangerous Route
In 2007, Ontario began the first of a three-phase plan to expand Highway 3 into four lanes to help alleviate the increasingly heavy traffic on the road. The first two phases of the project were completed in 2014, but the final phase has stalled and is not yet on the calendar to begin.
This is despite an increase in serious, fatal accidents in recent years. Emergency medical service call records obtained by CBC News show an alarming rate of car accidents on the single-lane stretch of highway: From 2013 to 2017, paramedics responded to 193 collisions.
The personal injury lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners have represented multiple people who have been injured along this dangerous stretch of road, including a 67-year-old grandmother who was killed on Highway 3 in Essex in 2016.
Bezaire said the firm has received a "disproportionate" amount of phone calls from victims of accidents along that stretch of highway.
The Problem of Funding
Although the widening project was approved years ago and the environmental study was completed back in 2006, more engineering studies and purchasing of property still must be completed even if funding is approved for the expansion.
Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry said that the Ontario government is “committed” to expanding this dangerous section of roadway.
However, Taras Natyshak, Essex NDP MPP, does not see action being taken by the government. He filed a petition to the Ontario government three years ago to pressure them to fund this expansion, but they only agreed to resurface the pavement and install new culverts, lights and signals.
Legal Help for Accident Victims
Greg Monforton & Partners knows the devastation that results from these accidents and is committed to helping those who have been injured in a Highway 3 accident, or any other vehicle crash, obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
If you were injured in a crash, Greg Monforton & Partners is ready to help you. Our experienced car accident lawyers know what you are going through, and we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.