Accidents happen when people least expect them. They can occur while performing routine tasks, like driving to work or walking down a flight of stairs. They can also happen while operating motor vehicles, including boats and off-highway vehicles. Regardless of where they take place, though, accidents in Glace Bay often have one thing in common: they are the result of someone else’s negligence.
Many people have legal responsibilities to ensure the safety of others. Depending on the situation, they may be required to take certain reasonable actions to make sure that other people around them do not sustain injuries. A failure to uphold this duty of care is referred to as negligence.
In a number of different circumstances, the negligence of other people can cause other members of the community to sustain serious injuries. Common examples of accidents that commonly occur in Glace Bay as the result of another party’s negligence include:
- 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
In Glace Bay, the negligence of others can often have disastrous results. When a person or entity fails to take the physical safety and well-being of the people around them into consideration, accidents can occur. Accidents resulting in serious injuries can leave their victims in states of physical, emotional, psychological, and financial distress.
Although accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, when a person is injured as a direct result of someone else’s negligent behaviour, the at-fault party may be legally responsible for financially compensating them for their injuries. 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, anyone who owns or operates a motor vehicle on the province’s roads has a legal obligation to comply with traffic laws at all times and drive with a reasonable degree of caution. The duty of care they owe other road-users is mandated through provincial legislation. If a driver fails to operate their vehicle in a safe manner and a collision with another vehicle occurs as a result of their traffic law violation, the at-fault driver may be considered negligent.
Traffic laws exist to keep road-users safe from preventable injuries. Violations of these traffic laws could cause severe accidents with lifelong effects on an unsuspecting victim. In Glace Bay, 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 parties that are legally required to provide a duty of care to the people around them. Property owners and/or occupiers, for example, 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.
Accidents on someone else’s commercial or residential 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
- 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.
Accidents caused by negligence can be fatal. They can also cause innocent, unsuspecting, rule-abiding residents of Glace Bay to sustain serious injuries that could impact their overall quality of life for years to come. When accidents lead to disabling, debilitating injuries that prevent victims from returning to work, the negligence of another person could be directly linked to their victim’s acquired mental health crises and financial distress.
If someone else’s negligence caused you to sustain injuries in an accident, our accident lawyers serving Glace Bay 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 learn whether you may be eligible to recover financial compensation from the at-fault party whose negligence caused your accident, contact our Glace Bay accident lawyers to discuss your situation in a free initial consultation on your case.
Free Consultation for Glace Bay Residents – We Don’t Get Paid Unless We Win
Injured accident victims may be unsure of whether they might be eligible to pursue a civil claim for damages arising from the injuries they have sustained as a result of another party’s negligence. To best serve the needs of the local community, our accident lawyers serving Glace Bay offer a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. During this cost-free, no-obligation first meeting, injured accident survivors will be able to ask important questions about their case and receive useful legal advice from our Glace Bay accident lawyers.
To learn about options for financial recovery that may be available to you in the aftermath of an injury-causing accident, schedule your free initial consultation with Preszler Injury Lawyers.