Whether they take place on the roads or highways in and around Amherst, on commercial or residential properties, on nature trails, in nearby waterways, or in other locations, accidents can have life-changing repercussions for the victims of someone else’s negligence. When people fail to consider how their wrongful actions or behaviours could adversely affect other community members, lives can be lost and debilitating injuries can be sustained in traumatic, violent, and wholly preventable accidents. 

Even the most cautious, safety-minded individual could be involved in an accident caused by another person’s wrongful conduct. Accidents can happen to anyone, at any time. In fact, they frequently occur while performing normal, regular activities like commuting to work, walking through an icy parking lot, or descending a flight of stairs. When these accidents are caused by someone else’s negligence, injured victims may face significant challenges and incur financial losses, all because another person failed to fulfill the duty of care they owed other community members.

Depending on the severity of the injuries they have sustained in an accident, the injured survivors of traumatic incidents may find themselves struggling physically, emotionally, and financially. Recovering from serious injuries can be a long, challenging, and expensive process. Injured accident victims are often required to go to great expense to pay for necessary medical treatments and other lifestyle adjustments in order to adequately address their newly acquired injuries. 

When injurious accidents are the result of another person’s negligence, accident victims may be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault party who neglected to fulfill the duty of care they owed them. Even if the at-fault party is a complete stranger and has no pre-existing relationship to the accident victim whatsoever, they may legally owe them a duty of care. In fact, countless strangers owe duties of care to their fellow citizens, community members, neighbours, and others.

For example, in accordance with provincial legislation, all drivers on the province’s roads and highways owe a duty of care to other road-users, including the occupants of other vehicles, motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians. If a driver fails to operate their vehicle in a safe manner and an injurious collision with another road-user occurs as a result of their traffic law violation, the at-fault driver may be considered negligent. 

Traffic laws exist to keep others safe from preventable injuries. Violations of these traffic laws could cause severe accidents with lifelong effects on an unsuspecting victim. In Amherst, common traffic law violations that could cause injurious car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Excessive speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Failing to obey traffic signs/signals
  • Texting while driving
  • And other violations of traffic laws

Motor vehicle operators are not the only people in Amherst who are legally required to provide a duty of care to the people around them. In fact, the owners/occupiers of both commercial and residential properties are required by law to routinely inspect and maintain their premises as a way of actively preventing accidents from occuring. By doing so, property owners/occupiers are taking reasonable steps to keep their visitors from sustaining injuries as the result of accidents on the premises. 

If the people responsible for keeping their premises safe fail to quickly and thoroughly address potentially dangerous maintenance issues on their property, they may be considered negligent. Since property owners/occupiers are obligated to regularly inspect their premises, they should be aware of hazards on-site. When they become aware that a problem exists, they are obligated to address the matter appropriately, either by removing or repairing it, or providing guests with adequate warning about it. 

Accidents on someone else’s property frequently occur because the people responsible for maintaining the premises neglect to address dangerous hazards on-site. Common examples of often-neglected hazards on someone else’s property include:

  • Uncleared ice and snow
  • Spilled liquids
  • Broken or missing handrails
  • Poor lighting 
  • Wet floors
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Loose carpeting 
  • Cracked sidewalks
  • Potholes
  • Cluttered walkways
  • Broken tiles
  • And more

When property owners and/or occupiers fail to remove, sufficiently repair, or adequately warn visitors about the risks associated with hazardous maintenance issues on their premises and an accident occurs as a result, they may be considered negligent. Therefore, the at-fault parties may be responsible for providing financial compensation to the people injured by their negligence.

Many people have responsibilities to one another. Actions have consequences, and when someone’s wrongful actions are responsible for causing another person harm, they should be held accountable for their conduct. That is why, if someone failed to fulfill the duty of care owed to you and you sustained injuries as a result, our accident lawyers serving Amherst may be able to help in your pursuit of accountability and restitution. 

Our Amherst accident lawyers have a history of providing crucial legal advice and assistance to members of the local community who have been injured in a number of traumatic incidents, including: 

  • Car accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Snowmobile accidents
  • ATV accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Scooter accidents
  • E-bike accidents
  • And more

If someone else’s negligence caused you to sustain injuries in an accident, our accident lawyers serving Amherst may be able to help you recover the costs of damages you have incurred as a result, as well as damages you will incur in the future. These damages may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • In-home attendant care
  • Lost wages due to missed work
  • Reduced future earning capacity
  • Adjusted living expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • And possibly more

To discuss your situation with our Amherst accident lawyers and learn if you may be entitled to financial compensation for the injuries you sustained because of someone else’s negligence, call Preszler Injury Lawyers today and receive a free initial consultation.

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In the aftermath of an injurious accident, it may not be immediately clear which party was responsible, whether the actions of another person or entity may constitute negligence, or if injured accident victims might be entitled to compensation. Our accident lawyers serving Amherst know that you have questions and are standing by to answer them.

The initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers is always free. To review the circumstances of your case and learn if you may be eligible to pursue a civil claim for damages, call our Amherst accident lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation.

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