Understanding common causes of car accidents due to driver error of the other party can help you properly protect your rights. That is, if you have been injured in a car accident due to no fault of your own, you may be eligible for compensation with the help of an experienced Toronto car accident lawyer at Merricks Law Group. Read on to learn the steps to take following a car accident to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim.
What are the most frequent causes of car accidents?
All considered types of driver error, the most frequent causes of car accidents are as follows:
- Distracted driving: Most often, driver distraction is due to the use of phones or other cellular devices.
- Driving while under the influence: Meaning, the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which leads to decreased reaction time, poor vision, and poor decision making.
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued: A driver with drowsiness or fatigue represents similar dangers as one who is driving under the influence, such as slowed reflexes in response to road hazards.
- Speeding: A driver’s decision to speed shows poor decision-making. This includes driving at unsafe speeds considering local conditions like weather and visibility.
If you were injured due to any of the above types of driver negligence, you will most likely have a valid personal injury claim, and Merricks Law Group will work with you to win you the compensation you deserve.
What steps should I take after a car accident?
Following the below steps may increase your chances of filing a successful personal injury claim, should you choose to take legal action in the future:
- Call the police. They will be able to document the process by conducting a police report. They will also bring medical attention to the scene to treat any injuries sustained in the car accident.
- Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including any hazards that played a part in the accident. Additionally, take photos of your injuries.
- Collect the personal information and insurance information of the other party. Including their name, contact information, driver’s license number, insurance company name, and insurance policy number. Additionally, collect any witnesses’ contact information.
- When medical assistance arrives, seek treatment as soon as possible.
- Employ the assistance of an experienced Ontario personal injury lawyer to help you receive the compensation you require for your injury.
To avoid a hit-and-run charge, it is important to not leave the scene until after you exchange information with the other party and until you receive permission to leave from a present law enforcement officer.