In Sydney Mines, accidents are often the result of other people’s negligence. Most accidents are preventable, and could be avoided by conducting one’s behaviour in a manner that takes the safety and well-being of others into consideration. Unfortunately, when people engage in wrongful conduct, whether behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, on their commercial or residential property, or in another potentially dangerous set of circumstances, others can be severely harmed.
Throughout the province, members of various communities owe a duty of care to one another. In accordance with provincial legislation, certain scenarios or activities require specific people to take reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of injurious accidents.
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 Sydney Mines, 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.
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 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 Sydney Mines 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.
No matter the circumstances of the accident, injured residents of Sydney Mines who were harmed as a direct result of someone else’s wrongful conduct may be entitled to financial compensation. These injurious accidents can occur while performing routine, everyday activities, like driving to work, visiting a friend, or crossing the street at an intersection. No one can predict when they will be impacted by someone else’s dangerous behaviour. The negligence of various community members and entities can lead to numerous, traumatic situations 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 Sydney Mines 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 Sydney Mines accident lawyers to discuss your situation in a free initial consultation on your case.
Free Consultation for Sydney Mines 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 Sydney Mines 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 Mines 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.