In Sydney, 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.
Oftentimes, in the immediate aftermath of an injury-causing accident, it can be difficult for accident victims to know who was, ultimately, responsible. In many instances, when accidents occur, injured victims simply wish to leave the scene as quickly as possible. This may be particularly true of accidents that happen on someone else’s commercial or residential property. Injured parties may intuitively place the blame for the accident on themselves, their own inattentiveness, or their clumsiness. This instinct, however well-intentioned, may, in fact, allow the negligent behaviour of another party or entity to go unchecked. As a result, more unsuspecting Sydney residents may be injured as a result of their negligence.
Even though it may not be immediately apparent in the aftermath of a surprising and traumatic occurrence, in many instances, injurious accidents are caused by someone else’s failure to uphold a duty of care they owe to other people. Through a number actions, inactions, errors, omissions, or other forms of wrongful conduct, negligent parties may create the ideal conditions for severe accidents to occur. When someone has the legal obligation to provide a duty of care to someone else, if they fail to do so and an injury-causing accident occurs as a result, they may be considered negligent. In these cases, the negligent party may be responsible for providing the people they have injured with financial compensation for damages they have incurred because of their injuries.
You do not need to have a pre-existing personal or professional relationship with another person in order for them to owe you a duty of care. As a matter of fact, throughout the province, countless people have legal obligations to take reasonable actions to ensure the safety of others 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
These hazards may sound harmless, but they can cause an unsuspecting visitor to a commercial or residential property to sustain severe injuries. Depending on the circumstances of their accident, these neglected maintenance issues can even cause a guest to lose their lives.
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.
Property owners and/or occupiers are not the only parties that are legally required to provide a duty of care to the people around them. In fact, throughout the province, anyone who owns or operates a motor vehicle also has a legal obligation to do so.
In accordance with provincial law, all drivers on the province’s roads must obey traffic rules and operate their vehicles with reasonable levels of caution to prevent injurious collisions from occurring. As such, all drivers owe a duty of care to all other road-users, including the occupants of passenger vehicles, motorcycle riders, cyclists, and pedestrians. When drivers violate traffic laws, they are shirking the duty of care they owe their fellow road-users. Violating any number of traffic laws could lead to car accidents with devastating impacts on an accident victim’s life.
In Sydney, 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
Anyone who operates a motor vehicle has a great responsibility to themselves and the people around them. Essentially, the physical safety of countless other road-users is directly dependent on the behaviour of each driver on the province’s roads. It only takes one negligent driver to cause an accident, even if the impact of their negligence affects the lives of many people.
The community of Sydney is populous, and the well-being of its citizenry is largely dependent on the behaviour of other people. The wrongful conduct of one person or entity could have life-shattering impacts on accident victims and their families. Regardless of whether someone else’s improper behaviour causes an accident on their property, on the road, on the water, or on the back of an off-highway vehicle, the injuries that can be sustained as a result could have lifelong consequences for the victims of their negligence.
In Sydney, accidents that lead to injuries requiring hospitalization can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Common examples of accidents often caused by the negligence of another party 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
If someone else’s negligence caused you to sustain injuries in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injuries, our accident lawyers serving Sydney may be able to help you recover the costs of damages you have incurred or will incur in the future. These damages could be economic or non-economic in nature, and 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 Sydney accident lawyers to discuss your situation in a free initial consultation on your case.
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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 Sydney 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 Sydney 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.