As the end of the year quickly approaches, there are also many holiday parties, office parties and New Year’s Eve parties. Of course, alcohol will be served at many parties, and there will likely be more impaired driving and drunk driving accidents in cities across Ontario, such as Kingston and Ottawa.
Last week, a 43 year old woman suffered serious head injuries in a suspected DUI car crash in Ottawa. The woman was injured after a pickup truck crashed into her car. Ottawa firefighters had to saw the roof from the woman’s vehicle to extricate her from the car. The woman temporarily lost consciousness as a result of the crash, but did regain consciousness later. She reportedly suffered a serious head injury and severe facial trauma. *Source: www.ottawacitizen.com (Man charged with impaired driving after serious hit-and-run)
The 25 year old driver of the truck tried to flee the scene on foot after the crash, but he was later located by a police dog and arrested. He now faces multiple charges after the serious hit and run accident in Ottawa:
- impaired driving, having a blood-alcohol reading above .08,
- dangerous driving causing bodily harm, and
- failure to remain at the scene of an accident.
Though the reports do not indicate where the driver was coming from prior to the accident, this accident is a reminder that Ontario drivers have to be extra cautious at this time of year.
Many drivers may leave holiday parties from restaurants, bars, etc., drunk, get in their cars and cause serious injuries to others on the road, i.e., drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
Not only do impaired and drunk drivers face criminal consequences, they may also face civil consequences. Injured drivers, passengers and pedestrians may file tort claims against the impaired drivers to financially recover for their injuries and damages.
Some of the damages individuals may recover after Ontario impaired driving accidents include:
- medical expenses not covered by accident benefits,
- lost wages, and
- pain and suffering.
In addition, injured individuals may also be able to recover from the bars, restaurants or other establishments that served drunk drivers alcohol prior to the accidents. According to the law, bars, taverns and restaurants that serve alcohol to patrons have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent drunk driving accidents caused by their patrons or customers. If they do not, they may be held liable to the extent that they contributed to causing the accidents.
Help After an Ontario Car or Truck Accident
If you or your loved one was injured as a result of a drunk driving accident in Kingston, Ottawa or Whitby, call the lawyers at Bergeron Clifford to schedule a FREE consultations. The personal injury lawyers will answer all of your questions and concerns and help you or your loved receive appropriate compensation in the shortest amount of time. 866-384-5886