Drivers who travel in the wrong direction can cause serious accidents. The injuries sustained are often severe and potentially life-threatening. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a wrong-way driver, you may be able to pursue accident benefits or take legal action against the negligent driver.
A Windsor-based car accident lawyer is ready to review your situation and discuss your potential legal options during a free consultation. There is no obligation after this initial meeting to hire our firm. If your claim has merit and you decide to move forward, there are also no upfront fees for our services.
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Wrong-way driving accidents on any street or highway can cause significant damage to property and serious injuries to other drivers. The majority of these accidents are often head-on and fatal.
Ontario drivers who go the wrong way on a one-way road can be fined, receive a citation, and have demerit points added to their driving record in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act Section 153.
Multiple factors can contribute to these accidents. The most common include:
Taking certain immediate steps after an accident may help to prevent further injury and could strengthen any future legal action you take against a wrong-way driver.
Some injuries or property damage to your car may make it impossible to move. If you are able to without causing yourself harm, get off the road as safely as you can. Call 9-1-1 and wait for the police to arrive. A police report can help prove the cause of the accident and show the other driver’s negligence.
Most accident victims require medical care right away. Even if you believe you were not hurt, have a doctor assess you for injuries. You may have a hidden brain injury that can worsen over time if undetected and untreated. Having a medical record on file can also help you directly connect the accident to the injuries you sustained.
The police officer at the scene will gather contact details and statements from all drivers involved. However, it is your responsibility to get the other driver’s personal and insurance information. If it is possible, take pictures of the accident, your visible injuries, any damage to your car and other property.
The injuries sustained from a wrong-way driving accident can range in severity and could include:
Aside from physical harm, victims may also experience damaging psychological effects from the accident. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and mental anguish, such as depression and anxiety, could result in accident victims being unable to get back to work or behind the wheel of a car.
If your injuries have resulted in financial, physical and/or emotional losses caused by a wrong-way driver, an experienced lawyer at our firm may be able to help you pursue legal action.
Depending on your particular circumstances and in accordance with Ontario’s Negligence Act, you may be eligible to recover damages for the following costs:
Our firm knows what it takes to prove negligence in wrong-way driving accidents. If you have a valid case, we are prepared to show that the other driver owed you a duty of care on the roadway, this duty was breached in some way and this breach directly caused your injuries and damages.
Wrong-way driving accidents are often some of the most serious and entirely preventable. Our lawyers at Greg Monforton and Partners have 40 decades of experience handling car accident cases. To date, we have obtained millions of in compensation on behalf of our clients throughout the province.
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