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Personal Injury and Car Accident Lawyers
Personal injuries are the most common aftermath of car accidents throughout the world. In Canada, there has been a significant reduction in the number of car accidents taking place, which is why the rate of personal injuries has also gone down. But roadside and traffic accidents are still prevalent, even though authorities are constantly making efforts to reduce the fatalities and major damage caused by them. Laws have been introduced that are so strict that people pay more attention to their driving and are particularly careful of the fact that if there is an accident, they stay and sort out the issue however they can.
The number of accidents may have reduced, but they still have not ended. This is why you as a driver, pedestrian, cyclist or passenger needs to understand the causes and injuries that take place because of them. By becoming aware of the problem, you will be able to avoid them. If you are in one such accident, you will know what course of action you should take in such a situation. Here is everything that you need to know about personal injuries caused by car accidents in Canada.
Why Do Car Accidents Occur?
The first question that comes to mind is, why so many car accidents? What are the reasons behind them and how do they result in personal injuries? According to a research conducted in Canada, in 2010 alone, about 123,000 personal injuries took place because of car accidents, out of which 2200 ended in fatalities. Even though there are some common causes, the major reasons for these car accidents are negligence and alcohol influence. Some other factors that result in car accidents are:
- Fatigued driving
- Careless or reckless driving
- Driving under the influence of either alcohol or some other drug
- Bad weather or road conditions
- Not following traffic laws like signals and/ or speeding
- Tailgating or crossing cars
- Talking or texting on phone while driving
- Handling things in the car while driving, like using laptop, taking care of children or pets
These are only some of the causes of personal injuries acquired by car accidents. There are many others that could result in you or someone else getting hit by an oncoming vehicle. Personal injuries acquired also depend on the kind of collision that occurs. Below is some information about it:
Impact or Collision
Even though there have been many advancements in car and occupant safety, there are still dozens of collisions on the road each day. Many anti-lock breaking systems, extra safety seat belts, special chairs and carriers for kids and pets have been manufactured, yet the ratio of fatalities and injuries is still high. One of the reasons can be that many of the cars that are being used in Canada are ones that have braking systems and steering technology which is 35 years old and relatively outdated. This means that people are still just as much at risk of getting caught in a vicious accident as they were 35 years ago. But research suggests that the chance of getting in a road accident have risen significantly because of heavy traffic condition, reckless driving and weather, as well as road conditions.
The most common types of impact or collisions that take place are:
- Head on crashes: Head-on crashes are those that occur when two oncoming cars from the opposite direction clash. Perhaps one of the most dangerous types of road accidents, it can cause injuries like broken bones, concussions, dental injuries, neck damage, internal organ injuries, etc.
- Rear end occurrences: Are the ones that take place when travelling speed is relatively low. These accidents can often be life threatening and are the result of either speeding, aggressive driving, negligence of the driver or texting and driving. Injuries obtained can be to the ankle, knee, head, carpal tunnel and some soft tissue damages.
- Side collision: This kind of accident occurs when a vehicle is hit in a T shape, by the front or rear of another oncoming vehicle. They also take place at an angle sometimes, which means that they can be more fatal than any other kind of car accident. Personal injuries attained through this kind of collision include spinal injuries, lacerations, paralysis, brain damages, and death.
- Hit and run accidents: Hit and runs have been mostly controlled due to the strict Canadian laws, but they still take place. They are the accidents in which one car hits another and then the party who is at fault flees the scene. This makes it even more dangerous because if it takes place on some deserted area, there is no possible way of help arriving for the other vehicle involved in the accident. Injuries in hit and run accidents range from nominal to life threatening.
- Rollovers: Research suggests that rollover accidents are the ones that are most likely to result in fatalities. What happens is that the accident leads to the turning or rolling of the car in either a sideways or 180 degree turn. Broken bones, skull fractures, internal injuries, back, neck and spinal injuries, burns or even death can take place.
Different Types of Personal Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
It is important to know about the kind of injuries that take place on the road because by knowing about them, you will have a general idea about what or what not to do, or how you can help yourself or someone else involved in the accident. Below are some of the most common injuries acquired through car accidents.
- Spinal Cord Damage: One of the most prevalent injuries in Canada is the spinal cord damage. If you or someone in the accident has breathing issues, problem walking or weakness in the lower body, then those could be the signs.
- Lacerations: Cuts and lacerations are also very common and are mostly nothing too serious during a car injury. They generally take place when a car and motorcycle collide. Lacerations can quickly turn into a serious injury if not treated in time.
- Broken Bones: Another very common type of personal injury acquired during car accidents are broken bones, especially the arms. The easiest way to know whether or not a bone is broken is by checking whether or not you are able to move your hand, foot, etc. If the pain is sharp and sudden, then your bone might be broken.
- Internal Injuries: These injuries can be even more dangerous because they are not apparent and not easily detected. If any internal injury is serious and remains undiscovered for too long, it could become fatal. Internal injuries are very common during car accident, which is why it is a must that a person involved in an accident gets themselves checked immediately, even if they feel completely well.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Studies show that people between the ages of 20 to 44 are the ones most likely to acquire traumatic brain injuries. According to the Ontario Road Safety Annual Report in 2010, 215,000 collisions were reported out of which 44,000 lead to traumatic brain injuries. If you experience dizziness, loss of memory or consciousness, sensory problems or confusion than it might be because of traumatic brain injury. Consulting a doctor is a must.
Car Accidents - A Rising Epidemic?
Did you know that car accidents are one of the leading causes of deaths in the world? According to statistics, about 1.2 million people around the world die in road accidents and about 50 million are injured in such scenarios. Experts have calculated that if such instances prevail, the burden of road side injuries would become the third contributing factor by the year 2020. Even though it is the developing countries that are more vulnerable to roadside accidents, developed countries also face the epidemic of traffic injuries and fatalities. Below are all the reasons why traffic accidents are becoming so common in Canada, what measures have been taken to control them and what are the things you as a driver, pedestrian and passenger have to keep in mind.
The good news is car accidents in Canada have been controlled significantly. This has mostly been because of the strict laws about roads and the events in which an accident takes place. For example, car insurance laws have been requires that all drivers have insurance. What’s more, Canadian roadside laws state that if there is an accident, whoever is involved must stop to see what can be done to help. If people don’t stop they will be penalized and will have to pay a fine.
But then if the accidents have lessened over time, what are the factors that still contribute to so many roadside injuries and deaths? Below are some of the reasons why the problem is still an epidemic, albeit a controlled one.
Research suggests that about 40% of the drivers who have been involved in roadside accidents in Canada were under the influence of alcohol. Anybody who is driving with 80mg% or 0.8 level of alcohol in their blood would be considered under the influence and be charged for it. According to the Criminal Code of Canada, drunk driving is a criminal offence and people could be sent to jail for it, or at least would need to pay a fine. Of course the instigator of the accident would also face probation where they will not be allowed to drive for a while, depending on how big the accident was. The increase in fine and the strict number of jail days has controlled accidents taking place due to this reason because people have become conscious of the laws.
Driving that is too aggressive or risky is another major reason for car accidents. This includes everything from breaking traffic laws, speeding, running lights, tailgating, not giving way to other cars or even driving through the traffic dangerously, weaving in and out could lead to car accidents. Studies show that dangerous driving leads to about 19% of roadside injuries and27% deaths.
Mostly common among young adults, drivers are killed on impact and there have been many cases where passengers have also been either killed or seriously injured. Such accidents mostly take place on urban roads due to either speeding or breaking the traffic lights.
Cell Phone Usage
This has become a real concern for authorities. People, especially young adults, are using cell phones more often when driving. Even when they are not texting, they become so absorbed in their conversations that they forget to look where they are going or not pay attention to the sides of the road. More and more awareness programs and initiatives have been started that coach young drivers to either decrease the use of cell phones or at least use a Bluetooth when talking, so that they are more able to pay attention to where they are going.
Some other causes that lead to car accidents include:
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Drivers who are too tired and are behind the wheels are also likely to get involved in a traffic accident than those who have had proper sleep.
- Eating or performing some other task in the car like changing CDs or radio channels, using the laptop, talking to passengers, handling kids or pets also cause some error in judgements which lead to accidents.
- Bad weather conditions or horrendous road conditions are also factors that lead to roadside accidents. Since there is a lot of snow and rain, the roads become too slippery and many young, as well as experienced drivers are unable to handle their vehicle.
Now that you know what are the causes of car or roadside accidents in Canada, there are many safety measures you can take, or teach your loved ones so that they cannot only keep themselves safe, but also remove any aspect of danger to others. Here is what you can do:
- Using a seatbelt decreases the chances of a fatality in case of a collision by 47%. This means that if you do not wear a seatbelt, your chances of death in a car accident are 47% more! Make sure you don’t only wear a seatbelt yourself but have a special one for small kids and babies.
- If you have a young driver in the family, ensure that they know about the repercussions of reckless driving. Keep in mind that 40% of drivers who are involved in roadside fatalities are those between the ages of 16 to 24. Teach them safe driving. It is essential that you make them aware now, before they get involved in any accidents.
- Drunk driving is a simple no-no. If you have had drinks, don’t even think about driving afterwards. Ask someone to drop you to your house or sleep over at the friend’s house. It is best to avoid taking alcoholic beverages when you have to drive afterwards.
- Forget about talking on the phone, using a laptop or getting into a heated discussion while driving. All of these things can wait till the time you reach your destination. Pay attention to the road and be especially careful when you are making turns or are on a road with forks.
However many safety measure the government takes, they will not be able to keep you safe, until and unless you decide to put your efforts in making sure that roads become safe!LAWYER HELPLINE: ☎ 855 804 7142