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"What Happens to the Person I Sue?" Car Accidents, Slip and Falls and Medical Mal Practice

As an injury lawyer practicing in Eastern Ontario, where our head office is in Kingston but with offices throughout the East in Whitby, Perth, Carleton Place, and Ottawa, one of the most common questions I get asked by new clients is "What Happens to the Person I Sue?". Whether my meeting with this client comes after their unfortunate car accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice injury or other type of negligence, the answer is almost always "nothing". We are very lucky that we live in a society where insurance is so common. When you sue an individual in Ontario whether it was a result of a car accident or other negligence their insurance company steps into their shoes through what is called a contractual right of subrogation and they defend the claim on their behalf. This is both an obligation of the insurer (to respond to the claim and provide coverage) and a right of the insurer (to defend the claim in the way that they see fit as opposed to in the way the insured themselves would defend the claim or not at all).

Self-driving cars. If they are available and you don't buy one is that negligence?

Self-driving cars sound great. They're safer, because they get rid of human error.  The trouble is that right now they're not ready for fully autonomous driving.  What about when they are ready?  What if we have cars 10 years from now that will erase human error from the equation?  If these fully-automated cars come to exist, but instead of buying one you still decide to drive your 1995 Pontiac Sunfire, and then you get in an accident, will you be found to be negligent simply for failing to have upgraded to an autonomous vehicle? 

Cornwall, Ontario Auto Accident News - By an Ontario Catastrophic Car Accident Lawyer

Motor vehicle accidents involving tractor trailers in Cornwall and other parts of Ontario often result in catastrophic injuries. This is due to the sheer size of tractor trailers. When they collide with smaller, passenger vehicles, the damage to the passenger vehicles is often severe and the injuries catastrophic. This risk of catastrophic injuries increases when tractor trailers are involved in high speed highway accidents. Fatalities are very likely in highway accidents involving tractor trailers, given the size of tractor trailers coupled with high rates of speed. Infact, there have been several fatal tractor trailers accidents in Ontario this month. 

Cornwall, Ontario Car Accident Tort Claims and Pain and Suffering Award Deductible

FAQ: I was in a car accident in Cornwall, Ontario. I am thinking of suing the driver who caused the head-on collision. I was told by a friend that if I sue, some of my damages are deducted before I even get it. What does this mean?

Mistakes Car Accident Victims Make After an Ontario Car Accident

After an Ontario car accident, drivers involved are often misinformed about their legal rights. Many are confused and do not know what they need to do. Because of this, injured drivers may inadvertently make mistakes that impact their accident benefits claims and tort claims. This article will discuss some of the mistakes Ontario drivers make after a car accident in Ontario cities, such as Belleville, Trenton, and Cornwall. 

Filing an Accident Claim After a Car Accident in Peterborough, Ontario

FAQ: I was in a car accident in Peterborough. I fractured my ribs and my wrist. I may need surgery on my wrist. I have never been in a car accident before. I don't know what I need to do. Should I file a claim with the driver who hit me to pay for my medical bills? Can I sue the driver for my injuries?

Ontario Car Accident & Insurance Law - Statutory Accident Benefits

No one wants to be in a car accident. Unfortunately, many Ontario drivers find themselves in such situations. When accidents occur, most drivers are at a loss and do not know what they need to do. Most do not realize that they can receive statutory accident benefits from their own auto insurance companies. This article will discuss some of the statutory accident benefits drivers are eligible to receive after car accidents in Ontario cities such as Peterborough, Kingston and Ottawa. 

Google Perplexed by Proposed Regulations Regarding Driverless Cars - By an Ontario Catastrophic Car Accident Lawyer

After the California DMV published draft regulations outlining how the public may use self-driving cars last week, Google has stated that it is "perplexed" by the regulations, arguing that they do not allow the technology to reach its full potential.

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